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Probably beating a dead horse.. What *NIX OS?

Posted by 1679, 12-18-2008, 11:41 AM
Probably beating a dead horse.. What *NIX OS? I am about to start hosting a website of mine and need an OS advice. I am a novice in *NIX systems and am only used to FreeBSD so far. My other only very small and modest experience was with SuSE Enterprise Server (SLES 10). I love FreeBSD (sorry Linux fans) and am somewhat biased towards Linux in general. Although I know the majority of websites are probably hosted by Linux. I am going colo so OS choice is down to me. However what bothers me even more than this is whether OS should be properly supported (like SLES, RHEL) or totally free (like OpenSUSE, CentOS or FreeBSD)? What would you recommend as a stable OS for i386 platform and what would be your choice support-wise? Thanks, 1679. Last edited by 1679 : 12-18-2008 at 10:50 AM.

Posted by kris1351, 12-18-2008, 12:00 PM
If you are used to FreeBSD I would stick to it honestly. No need to learn something new if you are trying to start a business on it. We haved used CentOS on our core servers exclusively since it was released and wouldn't change honestly. The Ubuntu server is very nice for some applications we run, but for our main source always CentOS. It is a much cleaner install than RHEL and the same product without the support. __________________Kris KeeleNCServ, LLC. - Premium Hosting

Posted by FS - Mike, 12-18-2008, 01:05 PM
We use CentOS on our servers exclusively. It is effectively Red Hat Linux repackaged and without support, but is just as stable. You will find that Linux has a vast community for each flavour and that if you have a problem, the chances are very high that someone knows how to fix it. If you are just starting at this and the website doesn't require 100% uptime, I would suggest playing around with CentOS. You can get used to it quite quickly and they have a community to support it. __________________| FragSwitch Ltd.: Specialist Community Hosting.| Looking to set up your own forums or community site? We can help!| My Blog: Hosting stuff and other things may well reside there!

Posted by Mike - Limestone, 12-18-2008, 01:06 PM
CentOS is indeed an excellent operating system. I like Solaris, but it's not what it once was (IMO) in terms of the community. FreeBSD is still awesome, though, and OpenBSD is also excellent. -mike __________________Limestone Networks - Dedicated Server Hosting Premium Network - 24/7/365 Support Dallas Datacenter - Fully Routed Backend Networkhttp://www.limestonenetworks.com 1-877-586-0555

Posted by AeonCube, 12-18-2008, 01:12 PM
We use CentOS (32bit) just because it is more common, not because it is free but because we can work better with it and we have found cPanel runs faster on this type of OS than most others. We have though used redhat which is a commercial linux OS and that is very good, its handy if you want to use ColdFusion on a linux server as it is supported. __________________HostMediaUK :: 100% Uptime - Cheap Reliable Web Hosting / Dedicated Servers (4TB bandwidth standard)AeonCube Networks :: ColdFusion Development / Web Design / Dedicated Servers / Colocation / VPS

Posted by AquariusStorage, 12-18-2008, 02:31 PM
We run CentOS 5.0+ (64bit) on all of our web servers. RHEL, SLES, SOLARIS aren't any more reliable then CentOS and in many cases I've found CentOS to be much more stable. With RHEL and the rest of them, you are paying for the name and for the support. With CentOS, you can free support provided by a great community. CentOS is a very mature server product and I recommend it to all new hosts. I'd almost recommend it to host who are currently running another OS right now to jump wagon and learn CentOS and then load it on all of your live servers as well. Maybe I am just a CentOS fanboy though, lol. __________________█Aquarius Storage - Stop searching, start hosting.█http://www.aquariusstorage.com/█Fast

Posted by jbodyconnection, 12-18-2008, 06:13 PM
I use Ubuntu 8.10 soon as the 9.04 I am upgrading it.

Posted by stardot, 12-21-2008, 01:52 PM
I support FreeBSD 100%. If i had to choose a linux operating system as an alternative (for instance for tools / software only available to linux) , i'd choose CentOS in an enterprise environment for its package / support system (YUM makes updating pack ported security patches VERY easy), and Debian as a second choice. Debian's package system (apt-get) is comparable to yum.

Posted by @Matt, 12-21-2008, 02:21 PM
It appears to be a one side poll Voted! "Hey why spend hard earned bucks for what you can get for free? (OpenSUSE, CentOS, FreeBSD)" __________________HostPenguin - Separate Yourself ● A Christian Owned and Operated Hosting Provider!● Shared, Reseller, Virtual Private Server Hosting and Website Integrationshttp://www.HostPenguin.net - http://Integration.HostPenguin.net - Sales@HostPenguin.net

Posted by stardot, 12-21-2008, 05:44 PM
RHEL excels far further than any other distro for enterprise level support in an environment where that support is needed. That said, many of the support advantages of RHEL can be substituted on other Operating systems with good growth planning, scripting and administration. __________________ █ www.stardothosting.com - Web Hosting In Canada █ Contact Sales for more Information : sales@stardothosting.com

Posted by jon-f, 12-21-2008, 11:13 PM
meh I clicked wrong one. Anyway,. its up to you and your needs, however you will see the vast majority of hosts and people with servers that centos is the best choice. Myself, I prefer any redhat based distro, doesnt matter to me. On hosting servers where stability is important CentOS is my choice because of the stable packages and seamless updates. Updating versions can be a pain on centos/rhel though, really about have to reload them. Some people can and have upgraded successfully but i never been able to. Debian based would be better for upgrading I think. So many different factors come into play, you just have to look at your needs and expectations. Id like to point out though that if you get your network to install RHEL it does not mean you get the support from redhat, usually you have to sign up/purchase for your own support package. __________________SecureServerTech - High Performance Litespeed Hosting | Affordable and Advanced Ddos SolutionsNix101 - Linux tutorials and info for the non-geek

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