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    Fedora Linux vs. CentOS for mission critical web server


    Hello,
    We just ordered a Dell PowerEdge 1800 Server with these specs:

    - 2.8GHz/2MB Cache, Xeon 800MHz Front Side Bus for PowerEdge 1800
    - 2GB DDR2 400MHz (4X512MB) Single Ranked DIMMs
    - 80GB 7.2K SATA HDD, PE1800
    - On board Network Adapter
    - 48X IDE CD-ROM
    - Motherboard SATA, PE1800
    - Tower Chassis, PE1800
    - Non-Redundant Power Supply PE1800

    We need to configure it to run one website with about 6,000+ unique visitors daily and 2GB average daily traffic. Need the basics for the web server, Apache, PHP, MySQL, also need Postfix, IMAP/POP3, MailScanner/SpamAssasin (for the spam blocking), AWstats, Webmin, etc. It also runs a heavily used vBulletin board (over 2K posts daily). The DB for that board alone is more than 1GB.

    We need to choose between Fedora Linux and CentOS (based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux source). Since this is a mission critical server with heavy load (and a very popular local site here in Puerto Rico) we need to choose a distro that is very stable, secure and easy to update. Between these two, which one would be the wiser choice to use on this server?


    All suggestions and comments are welcome…

    Thanks....

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    RHEL / CentOS doesn't get updated and is very stable. Fedora Core constantly gets the most cutting-edge updates (and so is less stable) and has more packages than RHEL. So I guess you should use CentOS.

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    Yep. Remember, the only goal of Fedora is to provide code to later be used in RHEL. So it's not like they have an obligation to make Fedora stable.

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    We use centOs on our servers and it has been running real good and stable.
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    Thanks for the reply everyone... anyone else have any comments?

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    I recommend CentOS as well on a mission-critical server.
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    cent os the poor mans red hat
    All i want for christmas is a new liver....a second chance to get afflicted with Cirrhosis

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    Quote Originally Posted by winter
    cent os the poor mans red hat
    It maybe the poor mans red hat it works for us poor people.

    (I had to put that in as a joke )
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