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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My Turn
by ze_jerkface on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 03:00 UTC
ze_jerkface
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2012-06-22

Best Server - For those saying RHEL/CENTOS, have you actually used it for a web server? It's too easy to hit rpm hell trying to get the latest version of some web framework or utility. I used to like FreeBSD for web servers but today you run into the same problem. So I guess I would pick Arch for pacman, bsd style init scripts and the minimalist approach. I honestly don't trust any distro for updates so I prefer the get latest and backup daily strategy.

Best Desktop - Arch inside a VM with Windows as the host.

Best Desktop for Newbs - Android tablet unless you hate people.

Runner Up - Clonezilla

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RE: My Turn
by Flatland_Spider on Wed 24th Oct 2012 19:28 in reply to "My Turn"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

I do run RHEL/CentOS as a webserver.

It's too easy to hit rpm hell trying to get the latest version of some web framework or utility.


Here's you're problem: latest version.

RHEL is about stability. To get that stability, they sacrifice cutting edge packages for packages that are well tested, but a little out of date.

Stability vs. newness is a choice that has to be made. Ubuntu chooses newness, and the non-LTS Ubuntu may be a better fit for you. Debian (stable) chooses stability, and you would probably have complaints similar to the ones you have about RHEL/CentOS/SL.

Also, RHEL/CentOS/SL 6 is better about having newer packages then 5. The development cycle of 6 got a little out of hand, and that contributed to 5 being really stale. Red Hat has committed to a shorter release schedule in the future to keep that from happening again.

If you're using third party repos (EPEL, RPMForge, etc.), you're going to have problems unless you're very careful about what gets installed. Some repos are careful and some aren't. I've destroyed several test servers mixing repos, so it is dangerous.

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