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

Jerry B. Altzman jbaltz at 3phasecomputing.com
Mon Aug 30 14:04:40 EDT 2010

Sorry to be late to the game, I'm catching up a bit.

on 8/25/2010 4:03 PM Matt Juszczak said the following:
> I need to choose a standard Linux distribution for a project I'm working
> on. Most of my experience is FreeBSD, but Linux is required here.
> The available options are:
> * Debian
> * Ubuntu
> * Centos
> * Arch
> * Gentoo
> * Fedora
> While I like CentOS, I don't like the lack of packages native to the OS.
> For instance, MongoDB and PHP and other packages are super old versions
> (if they exist at all).

For production *servers*, I prefer CentOS; it's easier to pare down and 
relatively painless to keep up, although the fact that the RPM/Yum 
libraries tend to be several minor version numbers behind the leading 
edge has caused a bit of pain, but remember, this is RH you're tracking, 
who has a good reason to be conservative.

For desktops, I like Ubuntu, and it appears Ubuntu likes desktops. I'm 
not crazy about it for servers. I have put Ubuntu on servers and, like 
you, been (ahem) surprised a bit when things are automatically 
started/preconfigured etc. (which is a bit of a shock coming from a more 
OpenBSD-minded "don't just stand there, do nothing" viewpoint.)

> -Matt

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