Switching Servers

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  1. Codypy1

    Codypy1 Member

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    Well for the longest now. I've been running an Arch Linux web server. Running Apache/Php/MySQL now I've had time to dedicate to this I know it takes a lot to run a server been there and all.

    But Arch has just become to much for me to handle with the way I my schedule has picked up. So I have been deciding on switching.

    I've narrowed down my choices to CentOS and Ubuntu Server. I'm really familiar with Ubuntu. Not really much the server wise. With CentOS I have absolutely no experience with at all. I know I could google the answers and all.


    But I'd like to hear what actually users of CentOS and Ubuntu server have to say. Which do you think I should go with? Is one more secure than the other is one more "faster" or what?

    Thanks for the help guys.
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  2. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Sorry, I am still using an Arch server. I think most server users either use CentOS or Debian server. Ubuntu server is, um, kinda frowned upon by many server admins. I personally like it. Very easy to setup, like regular Ubuntu but without the GUI. I have very little experience with CentOS. I would rather use Arch or even FreeBSD instead.
  3. flunwyc

    flunwyc Member

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    There are lots of options for severs - in addition to what ryanvade said, Slackware is an often overlooked option.

    Although Arch is a nice distro, it may not be suitable for everyone as a server as it's a rolling release. For the kind of server you can forget about you probably want something like Debian, Centos or a *BSD.
  4. Codypy1

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    Arch is still good server wise. It's just becoming a pain to keep up.
    Ubuntu server seems good. I was leaning more toward it. Just wanted to hear what everyone had to say. Performance wise.
    I looked into Openbsd about 3 months ago. Although it's secure. Lots of people say it's not good performance wise.
    As far as FreeBSD. I have absolutely no experience with it and would even know where to begin.
    I guess it's best to stick with what you know for now huh?
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    I'm in the process of (slowly) building a home server but having to space out buying parts because of funds. So I can't speak first-hand, but I've been doing a little research and I work with network servers everyday at work. I'm personally planning on going with CentOS as my colleague has that on his Linux box at work we use for database reproduction and its always been great. We also use RHEL and I can't tell a difference between them working with the two. I will echo ryanvade's post those from what I've heard CentOS and Debian see by far the most popular. I think the problem admins have with Ubuntu servers is that security releases are always important and Ubuntu has a longer testing cycle before security updates are released compared to CentOS and Debian.


    If you end up trying CentOS I've been saving these guides for my eventual server :)
    http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect-server-centos-6.3-x86_64-apache2-courier-ispconfig-3

    http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect-server-centos-5.2

    http://www.tecmint.com/centos-6-3-step-by-step-installation-guide-with-screenshots/

    https://www.digitalocean.com/commun...linux-apache-mysql-php-lamp-stack-on-centos-6
  6. Codypy1

    Codypy1 Member

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    Thank you for those. After intensive testing and article readings and all of that. I came to conclusion to switch to CentOS.
    Those were definitely a lot of help.
    I personally don't know why I didn't switch to CentOS sooner. It's just spectacular.

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