Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 04:51 UTC
Linux Here's a topic guaranteed to start controversy. Which Linux distribution is best? It all depends on your criteria for judging. Even then the topic is highly subjective. Here are a few nominees for "best distro" in specific categories.
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RE: Gentoo
by crystall on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 08:51 UTC in reply to "Gentoo"
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2007-02-06

I have managed a farm of ~500 servers running Gentoo and when I first joined the company owning those servers I first thought it would have been a nightmare. Whoever had picked Gentoo had done it for the wrong reasons, packages were all over the place, configuration was scattered, etc... I had used Gentoo previously on a couple of desktops which helped me a lot, but I had never considered running it on servers before.

One year later after much wrangling and fighting we had synched all boxes to the same portage tree and would run updates and configuration changes in lock-step using cfengine, plus custom tuning and tweaking for the boxes that needed special software. Once we reached that point administering Gentoo felt really like a breeze, I was surprised myself of how well it run and how easy it was to manage (and upgrade!).

I don't work there anymore but I'm told by some friends in their IT team that they're going strong and the machines are humming just fine; so long story short, Gentoo is actually quite a good distro for server-side installations but you need some discipline in your IT team to run it properly.

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RE[2]: Gentoo
by Lion on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 09:06 in reply to "RE: Gentoo"
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2007-03-22

That surprises and impresses me ;)
I used to run Gentoo on various machines at home, and it gave me some pretty big headaches at times. I guess it's all down to a proper maintenance schedule, as I always had my biggest issues after leaving the systems alone for extended periods.

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RE[3]: Gentoo
by crystall on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 13:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Gentoo"
crystall Member since:
2007-02-06

That surprises and impresses me ;)
I used to run Gentoo on various machines at home, and it gave me some pretty big headaches at times. I guess it's all down to a proper maintenance schedule, as I always had my biggest issues after leaving the systems alone for extended periods.


Yes, a proper maintenance schedule is paramount, the biggest problem we had for example was bringing up-to-date boxes that hadn't be touched for 2-3 years. It was possible but quite tricky.

However I'd like to add that Gentoo on servers is far easier to manage and configure than on a desktop, the reason is that you don't have a graphical desktop there and that removes a lot of headaches, driver issues, etc...

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