Which Linux flavor is best for servers?

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Does anyone have any recommendations on which linux flavor is the best for servers? There are alot of distros out there so curious to here from people using any of them. Thanks

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I think it depends on the nature of the application.

If it’s for casual personal use, just about any of the distros would do. I’d use the latest stable release. I happen to like Fedora.

If it’s for a more important personal use or a non-critical business use, I’d use Centos. It’s a Red Hat Enterprise Linux derivative, essentially RHEL without support.

If it’s a mission-critical business application, I’d buy a RHEL 5.3 license to get the ongoing technical support.

Some folks might recommend SUSE/SLES instead of RHEL and I think that would be a valid option, too.

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  • Troy Tate
    As mentioned, any distro with support would be best for a business server. Check out some of the offerings by going to distrowatch.com. There's a lot to keep up with but the "old" standards like RedHat, Suse, and Debian are all great offerings. I like Ubuntu for desktop and light server use. In the IT trenches? So am I - read my IT-Trenches blog
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  • Djeepp
    For any kind of commercial or mission critical use, best to use something with a support contract. Redhat and SUSE were both mentioned. It also depends on what you and your sysadmins are most familiar with. There is a pretty heavy learning curve for the different classifications of Linux (Redhat vs. Debian for example).
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  • Subhendu Sen
    As a personal use it is better to use Fedora or LinuxXP cause its graphics is super just looks like windows, but if it is the question of use for business related the best choice is SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (any flavour specifically > than 10.3). SLES has so many way and has very easy to use.....
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  • Sixball
    I prefer Ubuntu as well..
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