[TriLUG] Linux Distribution for server Opinions
rvestal at trilug.org
Mon Jan 26 13:04:51 EST 2009
I've seen many strides in the world of CentOS. I personally use CentOS
on everything. I use it as a desktop, laptop (see my "Installing
CentOS 5 on Thinkpad T60 on http://www.thinkwiki.org), and servers.
The Live CD (both Gnome and KDE) work well. The one thing they do
*not* offer is to install from the Live CD. The wiki explains this as
following the "project plan" to follow the well known rpm based distro
they "whitebox", but they explain how an end user can take the live CD
on the internet, using Fedora tools, and get it to install. (see http://wiki.centos.org
for more info)
The big thing that Ubuntu has that other distros don't is how involved
the user forums are involved.
What's funny is I haven't seen Mandriva (formerly Mandrake) as part of
this discussion. When I got into the linux game all those years ago,
Mandrake was the big "easy to use" distro.
Anywho, I'm not saying you "must" use CentOS, but I'd suggest you try
Remember, CentOS is not Ubuntu, and Ubuntu is not CentOS. Use what you
On Jan 23, 2009, at 10:18 AM, Paul McLanahan wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 8:54 AM, Lee Fickenscher <elfick at gmail.com>
>> I respectfully disagree. Ubuntu Desktop Edition is definitely (as is
>> obvious) for desktops. But the server edition is very much a server
>> distribution. Lean and mean with no cruft. The clean lines of
>> debian with
>> the friendliness of Ubuntu.
>> That being said, I agree with others here that the best distro for
>> you is
>> the distro you know the best. I know some on the list are using
>> CentOS quite
>> happily and it is, I'm told, very comfortable for the redhatters.
> I was about to write these very words. I personally use Ubuntu server
> edition both at home and work, but I grew up (in the Linux sense)
> Debian. But if you're more comfortable w/ the RedHat style, then
> CentOS will probably feel most comfy and is excellent.
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