Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Mon 11th Jan 2010 15:57 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews A few weeks ago, we asked for the OSNews community to help with some questions we were going to ask Aaron Griffin from the Arch Linux team, and the response was glorious and somewhat phenomenal. We added those questions to our own and sent them on over, and then we were surprised by receiving not only Aaron Griffin's responses but answers from various individuals from the team.
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darkcoder
Member since:
2006-07-14

For servers, I recommend Ubuntu server. Easy to install and administer.


Do you mean Ubuntu server LTS? Because regular Ubuntu, like other fast release based distros (yes, I mean Fedora) have a very short lifespan. In a work environment you don't want an OS that you need to reinstall every year and a half because its support is over. In that escenario, the need to have the last version of everything is not important , but having securitiy fixes it is. So that either a long supported distro or a rolling one is a must.

So, for servers, are better suited:
Ubuntu LTS
Red Had Enterprise $$$
Cent OS
Debian
Gentoo (even better with hardened profile)
Arch (as a developer said, if you know what you are doing)

I personally used Gentoo hardened for over 6 years without having to reinstalled it. Can your Ubuntu do that?

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evert Member since:
2005-07-06

Actually, I have used a Ubuntu server for some years, without reinstalling or package conflicts. And yes, always running the latest version of Ubunto. A release upgrade is not that hard.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Actually, I have used a Ubuntu server for some years, without reinstalling or package conflicts. And yes, always running the latest version of Ubunto. A release upgrade is not that hard.


I'm glad it has worked for you but I don't trust Canonical after they have broken Dell Ubuntu desktops and notebooks repeatedly with updates.

If they can't be bothered to make sure their updates won't break their top partner's hardware, then why would you trust your own hardware to them?

Edited 2010-01-13 04:36 UTC

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darkcoder Member since:
2006-07-14

Actually, I have used a Ubuntu server for some years, without reinstalling or package conflicts. And yes, always running the latest version of Ubunto. A release upgrade is not that hard.


Gladly it worked for you. The problem with dist-upgrade is that there are so many big changes between the distribution editions that may bring all sort of issues, like configuration changes, packages that do not exist anymore, dependency changes, etc. By using a rolling system and updating frequently you will be able to isolate those problem on a one by one basis, thus making it easier to fix, and having shorter downtime.

Edited 2010-01-13 16:32 UTC

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