[nycbug-talk] OT: Favorite Linux Distro (based on FreeBSD experience?)

Andy Kosela akosela at andykosela.com
Thu Aug 26 03:56:11 EDT 2010

On Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 10:03 PM, Matt Juszczak <matt at atopia.net> wrote:
> Any suggestions?  Anyone have any recommendations?
> Thanks!

If you are coming from the *BSD side of doing things then Slackware or
Crux/Arch Linux will be the most familiar to you.  This could be not
exactly what you want though.  RPM infrastructure has been really
polished throughout all these years and now it's pretty stable, so the
natural choice for a production server would be RHEL/CentOS which is
basically an enterprise standard these days.  I started messing with
Linux when RPM was synonymous to 'dependency hell' in the 90s, so
Slackware was my top choice back in the days.  Patrick Volkerding was
and still is doing an excellent job to maintain it.

Avoid also Debian based distributions -- they can be good for a
desktop, but definetly they are too heavy and 'automated' for a
server.  Their text configuration files are a mess too.

Good luck,

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