What is the best OS for a server



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What is the best OS for a server

Postby Gabriel Knight » Mon, 12 Oct 2009 13:46:02 GMT

Hi all

what is the best operating system for a server?
it has to be able to be as a web server and use SSH (secure shell) and used 
for backup of data.
I know of fedora11 and centos but I dont know of the best os to use.


Re: What is the best OS for a server

Postby Joe » Mon, 12 Oct 2009 14:06:17 GMT

RedHat (CentOS is identical, except the logos), Suse and Debian 

My preference is for RH/CentOS.

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Re: What is the best OS for a server

Postby Dan C » Mon, 12 Oct 2009 14:31:40 GMT



As I already said, the best "OS" is Linux.

If you mean best "distro", I'd say Slackware.

Fedora would be near the absolute bottom of any list of acceptable 
distros to run a server on.

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Re: What is the best OS for a server

Postby Freeballer » Mon, 12 Oct 2009 14:39:19 GMT

wow. scary I have to agree on one of your statements. Fedora is near the 
bottom. Depending on your linux knowledge, if any, may dictate what 
distro you want. Always look into security afterwards anyways, but all 
distros have server packages. I would simply say, given my experience 
use debian or ubuntu. Since it has a simple, effective package 
management called "apt-get", there is also mandriva or suse but honestly 
I've never liked those. Slackware is a purist distro, very close to unix 
and very little changes but finding packages involves resolving 
dependancies (even with linuxpackages.net)

Not trying to steer your way to one or the other, there will be alot of 
reasons why some use one or the other. Choices, preferances.. I'd say 
try ubuntu if your a total newb or debian if you have some skills 
already... or use the alternative ubuntu cd (server) iso. These come 
with simple installation with no user interface I beleive.

Good luck buddy, I hope you find one thats useful. goto 
www.distrowatch.com to get some more links and that sort



Re: What is the best OS for a server

Postby markhobley » Mon, 12 Oct 2009 16:08:03 GMT

I have heard this too, but have not tried it. Debian used to be really 
good, however I had a couple of problems during upgrades, and some bugs 
have crept in on Lenny. If I had my time over, I would try Slackware.


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Re: What is the best OS for a server

Postby Aragorn » Mon, 12 Oct 2009 17:01:36 GMT

On Sunday 11 October 2009 06:46 in comp.os.linux.networking, somebody
identifying as Gabriel Knight wrote...

Anything UNIX-like, and preferably GNU/Linux. ;-)  FreeBSD, NetBSD and
OpenBSD are also very good, and then there's OpenSolaris, of
course. ;-)

All of the above can do that effortlessly. :-)

They are the same operating system, and in the event of the two you
mention here, they are even related, as Fedora is the "perpetual beta"
for RedHat Enterprise Linux, and CentOS is the "free" version of RedHat
EL.  It's the same distro, but with different "branding". ;-)

That said, among GNU/Linux distros, RedHat/CentOS, Debian and Slackware
are most commonly touted as stable server-oriented distributions.  If
you're serious about the server concept - in terms of uptime and
stability, et al - then you most definitely want to avoid bleeding edge

(registered GNU/Linux user #223157)

Re: What is the best OS for a server

Postby General Schvantzkoph » Mon, 12 Oct 2009 22:50:55 GMT

CentOS is usually is the best choice unless it won't run on your 
hardware. If you are using server hardware then you won't have any 
trouble, if you are running recent desktop hardware there is a good 
chance that CentOS doesn't support it. RHEL, on which CentOS is based, 
uses a very old kernel. RH targets RHEL at the server market so they 
don't seem to put a lot of effort into back porting drivers for desktop 
hardware which means that it can take a very long time before support for 
new hardware shows up in RHEL and then into CentOS. The only way to find 
out is to try and install CentOS, if it works then you are done if not 
then you need to consider alternatives.

Fedora is actually a pretty good server OS as long as you are using it on 
a small number of machines. When you run a machine as a server you don't 
use X and you don't use most of the GUI applications that tend to get 
broken in Fedora. What you are running is the kernel, which is always 
stable, a shell and a tiny number of programs like ssh and maybe Apache. 
All of those tend to be rock solid even on Fedora. Fedora 11 also comes 
with the latest version of KVM which is working really well for Linux 
clients. If you need to run some commercial software that needs RHEL 
compatibility, and the Fedora compatibility libraries aren't good enough, 
you can run a CentOS5.3 KVM virtual machine on top of Fedora 11. I've 
found that the performance of CentOS VMs on Fedora 11 is within a couple 
of percentage points of native. The big problem with Fedora as a server 
OS is the huge number of updates and the limited support period. While 
RHEL and CentOS are supported for 7 years, Fedora is only supported for 1 
year. A CentOS system has a few megabytes of updates per month, Fedora 
has hundreds of megabytes per week. A CentOS system can be installed once 
and then left there until the hardware dies. If you install Fedora you'll 
have to install it's successors once a year. If you have a small number 
of machines, half a dozen or less, then this actually isn't a very 
onerous task. If you have hundreds of systems then this becomes an 
impossible task which is why you'll never find Fedora inside of any large 

Re: What is the best OS for a server

Postby Maxwell Lol » Mon, 12 Oct 2009 23:53:31 GMT

"Gabriel Knight" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > writes:

Many people like the bsd variants (ducks).

Re: What is the best OS for a server

Postby ray » Mon, 12 Oct 2009 23:57:59 GMT

'Best', according to what criteria? I'd use Debian stable.

Re: What is the best OS for a server

Postby Leon Whyte » Tue, 13 Oct 2009 03:54:27 GMT

IMHO the best and easiest is Slackware.
It is the easiest to manipulate to your liking and follows closest to Unix.
During install you have a good opportunity to leave out what you don't need or want.
I think I have tried most of the major Linux versions.


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Re: What is the best OS for a server

Postby Keith Keller » Tue, 13 Oct 2009 05:58:33 GMT

Slackware == awesome

However, I am not sure I would recommend Slackware to someone new to
linux for a public-facing server in a production environment.  It's
perfect for an experienced admin for almost any scenario, and it's also
perfect for a new admin looking to learn linux in a non-mission critical
environment.  But if this is going to be a trial by fire where you might
get fired if you can't get things going quickly enough, a more
''friendly'' distro like CentOS might be better.  (Then put Slackware on
a spare box so you can learn to know what you're doing better.)


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Re: What is the best OS for a server

Postby goarilla@work » Tue, 13 Oct 2009 21:09:54 GMT

don't dismiss opensolaris or freebsd for a zfs fileserver
or openbsd for a shell server

Re: What is the best OS for a server

Postby Wanna-Be Sys Admin » Wed, 14 Oct 2009 04:42:29 GMT

There is no best OS, any of the Linux dists can accomplish the exact
same things, especially in a server environment (runlevel 3).  So, use
whatever you want.  Personally, I use CentOS, but I also manage
hundreds of servers with CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu, RHEL, and so on.  Any
are fine, use the one you know best.
Not really a wanna-be, but I don't know everything.

Re: What is the best OS for a server

Postby Wanna-Be Sys Admin » Wed, 14 Oct 2009 04:44:44 GMT


True, but consider that issue regarding any dist out there.  No one
"new" to Linux should be running a publicly accessible web server.  If
it's not hooked up to the Internet, then it doesn't matter, but
otherwise it's something none of us want to think about.
Not really a wanna-be, but I don't know everything.

Re: What is the best OS for a server

Postby Wanna-Be Sys Admin » Wed, 14 Oct 2009 04:45:20 GMT

I would have recommended OpenBSD/FreeBSD, but since this is a Linux
Not really a wanna-be, but I don't know everything.

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