[SATLUG] LAMP Server Question #1

rabie at rabie.net rabie at rabie.net
Wed Oct 8 08:57:38 CDT 2014


I am not going to trash any distribution, but from reading different
surveys most companies who use opensource in their platform, use either
Redhat/Centos or Debian. 

I personally use CenTos, the upgrade process from 5 to 6 was not big
deal. I used OpenSuse and Mandrake/Mandriva in the past but that was for
some simulation projects. These two are popular in Europe (Germany and
France ). 


On 2014-10-08 07:33, Samuel Smith wrote: 

> I have been using debian stable on many machines since 2006. Never had 
> an issue that wasn't a simple fix. You can easily do a minimum net 
> install which will result in your root partition only using about 1GB of 
> space. From there you can install just the packages you need and nothing 
> else.
> I never liked Ubuntu. At least in the 2007-2010 era when I had to 
> support a few machines running it, I never once had a successful upgrade 
> to the next version. This was never a case with any version of debian.
> As far as the redhat derivatives (fedora,centos), I can't stand yum. It 
> is 10x slower than aptitude or apt-get. I never could get passed that...
> Centos does have the one up on long term support. If you just want to 
> install something and put it in a closet for the next 5 years then 
> centos might be the way to go... Of course if you do indeed need to do 
> any development 3 years later, all your languages and libraries will be 
> horribly out of date and you'll be forced into upgrading anyway just so 
> you can get your new code to run.
> So, debian it is :)
> --Sam
> On 10/07/2014 10:35 PM, Alan Lesmerises wrote:
>> I am working on a project that involves setting up a server for a customer where they will need to access a database on an on-going basis for various kinds of record-keeping, etc. I have come to the conclusion that a LAMP server will be the best solution for them (I won't bore you with all the reasons why, but let's assume that is the way I will go). This will be the first time I will undertake a project quite like this, so I have a few specific questions where I would like some opinions, especially the professionals out there who may have done jobs similar to this for paying customers. Since the questions deal with different topics, I will send them out separately so as not to muddy the waters by mixing things together. --> QUESTION #1: So the first, and most important, question is which distribution would you recommend, and why? I already have an idea of which way to go, but one or more of you might have a better suggestion. TIA Al Lesmerises


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