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What distro do you use on your VPS? Why?

What distro do you use on your VPS? Why?

vahevahe Member
edited August 2012 in General

I started off with CentOS 5, then 6, then moved to Debian Squeeze, which is running on all of my boxes now, except one. Just wondering what distro (template) do you use on your vps.

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  • TheHackBoxTheHackBox Member
    edited August 2012

    I use CentOS on my KVM because I wanted to try it. I use Debian on the rest because it has been extremely stable and I use ubuntu 12.04 on my VPS in France because it's awesome. I also used to use Arch Linux and Gentoo.

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  • flyfly Member
    edited August 2012

    12.04 isn't bad. i just wish they would use sysvinit or even systemd instead of voodoo and broken upstart

    i'm an archlinux guy but i put debian 6 / ubuntu 12.04 on the "production" vps's

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  • I was a RedHat/CentOS guy for more than 15 years, now my distro of choice is Debian. The move was prompted primarily by CentOS's inability to allow major version upgrades. I still have a mailserver on CentOS 5 and it's rock-solid, but it'll move to Debian before CentOS 5 goes end-of-life.

    For a box with less than 128MB memory, Debian Just Works (tm).

  • gsrdgrdghdgsrdgrdghd Member without signature

    I use Debian because it just runs.

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  • @gsrdgrdghd said: I use Debian because it just runs.

    Hey, that's dangerous close to a trademark infringement :)

  • ZenZen Member

    CentOS/FreeBSD

    FreeBSD is amazing, stable and simple. CentOS is just the distribution I have the most experience with and can do pretty much anything in, I'll probably start getting into Debian more in the future, but when I have dived into Debian I've always felt it has to be one or the other (for my main distro).

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  • Debian 6 (Squeeze) 32Bit. I was a redhat/centos fan, simplistic "yum" and lots of guide, easy use. But debian is similar, less of a memory overhead, most packages already in the sources list.

    Can't think of another distro i'd rather use. It's added to pretty much every provider's list of templates.

  • I tend to use CentOS mostly, even on production servers.

  • CentOS 6 on everything except my backup storage VPS.

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  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on everything

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  • Debian 6 on everything. Relatively less memory overhead, awesome repos, all the previously stated reasons.

  • cPanel use Centos or CloudLinux if you count as distro, i know im lazy :)

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  • Debian 6, because I'm familiar with it and because it works.

  • vahevahe Member

    Wow, I didn't expect so many 12.04 users... How does it compare to bare debian?

  • Debian 6, it fits the especific purpose of my VPS.

  • bamnbamn Disabled

    CentOS latest running Centminmod for Wordpress / forums, personal use and clients, because it installs MariaDB, nginx and other stuff so easily

    Debian for my personal servers

  • edited August 2012

    Now I use Debian 6 32bit + Minstall.

    And using this kind of line in my nginx configuration :

    server {
        server_name 384mb.com;
        rewrite ^/(.*) http://www.384mb.com/$1 permanent;
    }
    
    server {
        server_name www.384mb.com;
        listen   80;
        listen   [::]:80;
    
        root /home/http/hosts/384mb.com;
        error_log /home/http/logs/384mb.com.log;
        index index.html index.php;
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php;
        include /etc/nginx/conf.d/cache.conf;
        include /etc/nginx/conf.d/deny.conf;
        include /etc/nginx/php.d/384mb.conf;
    }
    
    

    The following code will enable IPv6 access to the website, just if anyone want to use IPv6 :

        listen   80;
        listen   [::]:80;
    

    And the following line will enable pretty permalinks in Wordpress :

        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php;
    
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  • krokro Member

    Centos 5 +compile shit to bring up to date

  • Debian

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  • FreeBSD whenever I can (ie all except OpenVZ) and for OpenVZ, Debian.

  • CentOS 6 (more familiar with it); or, as of a day or two ago, Debian on LEBs with less than 256MB RAM.

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  • ShamliShamli Member
    edited August 2012

    Debian 6 on all my VPS...it's easy to run,update,upgrade....

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  • jcalebjcaleb Moderator

    but debian 6 life will end in 2 years right?

  • @jcaleb so what? We will just dist-upgrade to debian7 then.

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  • jcalebjcaleb Moderator

    @rds100 said: @jcaleb so what? We will just dist-upgrade to debian7 then.

    is that easy?

  • @jcaleb said: is that easy?

    Yeah. Change sources.list, do a dist-upgrade, call it a day.

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  • jcalebjcaleb Moderator

    @ihatetonyy said: Yeah. Change sources.list, do a dist-upgrade, call it a day.

    Thanks! I will PM you when debian 7 is out!

  • jcaleb you change your deb sourna.link.loaalal squeeze security to deb sourna.link.loaalal wheezy security ;']

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  • @vahe - 12.04 is more up-to-date with packages that Debian 6 for example mono-runtime or pdns-server

  • @gbshouse said: 12.04 is more up-to-date with packages that Debian 6 for example mono-runtime or pdns-server

    In This Thread: People who don't get the point of Debian Stable. If you want bleeding edge repos then change your sources list. Some of us like our servers to be stable.

  • telephonetelephone Member
    edited August 2012

    @Soylent said: In This Thread: People who don't get the point of Debian Stable. If you want bleeding edge repos then change your sources list. Some of us like our servers to be stable.

    Yep, I agree 100%

    For those who wish to use stable, but want to upgrade individual programs: 1) Add the unstable repo 2) create /etc/apt/apt.conf 3) Paste the following

    APT::Default-Release "stable";

    4) When you want to upgrade a single program, use:

    apt-get install program/unstable
  • @Soylent - as far as I know Debian people there is to much politics. We switched all our servers from Debian 6 to Ubuntu 12.04 because we couldn't wait until package maintainers decide when to put new version to stable release. Currently they support mono-runtime 2.6.7-5.1 and Ubuntu 2.10.8.1. From the developers point of view the difference is huge - support for .NET Framework 4.0.

  • gsrdgrdghdgsrdgrdghd Member without signature

    Thats exactly @Soylent's point @gbshouse. Debian is for people who want to have tested and stable software.

  • bamnbamn Disabled

    Plus if you don't like Debian's older nginx package, you install third party repos for nginx's packages.

  • @gsrdgrdghd said: Debian is for people who want to have tested and stable software.

    This. I started with slackware, moved to redhat at 7 after everyone was saying how good 6 was (I checked and they were right, 6 was way better than 7), stayed till 9 then moved to debian and never looked back. When Ubuntu came up I gave it a try, is not bad for desktop, sure this is also a reason for which mono and other development tools are more updated. For VPS I use centos 5 when is not my machine or when I put kloxo for someone to host a site, all the rest debian. M

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  • @gsrdgrdghd - but why you assume the 12.04 is less tested than Debian stable?

  • gsrdgrdghdgsrdgrdghd Member without signature
    edited August 2012

    Because it has newer software. (and thats not an assumption made by me, go ask the Ubuntu and the Debian devs)

  • @gbshouse Debian has a way higher install base in the server market. As such is way better tested. Probably tehre are more Ubuntu desktops, tho I doubt it, but on servers debian is way ahead. M

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  • Since Ubuntu derives from Debian it's not strange that there is more Debian based servers. Note that most of not-LEB providers (Azure, Amazon) offers Ubuntu because they offer support services.

  • gsrdgrdghdgsrdgrdghd Member without signature

    @gbshouse said: Since Ubuntu derives from Debian it's not strange that there is more Debian based servers.

    Noone ever said that its strange that there are more Debian servers than Ubuntu servers. Whats your point?

    @gbshouse said: Note that most of not-LEB providers (Azure, Amazon) offers Ubuntu because they offer support services.

    How is that related to the discussion?

  • @gsrdgrdghd said: Noone ever said that its strange that there are more Debian servers than Ubuntu servers. Whats your point?

    @Maounique said: Debian has a way higher install base in the server market

    What distro do you use on your VPS? Why?

    @gsrdgrdghd said: Note that most of not-LEB providers (Azure, Amazon) offers Ubuntu because they offer support services.

  • ReeRee Member

    What distro? Ubuntu 11.04, 11.10, 12.04, and Windows 2008 R2 Why? I like Ubuntu (and Windows) and I install whatever is current when the server goes online, and don't typically upgrade until the end of life date.

  • I stated that there are more debian installs on servers than ubuntu to show it is more tested, because someone raised the question:

    @gbshouse said: but why you assume the 12.04 is less tested than Debian stable?

    I think Debian is more tested because it has more installs. Sorry for the slightly offtopic. M

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  • @gbshouse said: but why you assume the 12.04 is less tested than Debian stable?

    Because the Debian and Ubuntu devs will both tell you that for a fact. They'll tell you that because it's true, and because they all know that's the entire philosophy behind Debian Stable. It's the entire reason Shuttleworth picked Debian as the basis for Ubuntu. It's a solid, stable source to build on.

    No one's saying this makes Ubuntu bad. It's my go to OS for old desktop hardware. I'd wager to say it makes Ubuntu a worse server OS, but not by much, and less so in environments with more RAM available. It's a narrow definition of worse, like saying you like one of your kids more than the other.

  • If I prefer Debian it doeasnt mean Ubuntu is bad. I just think Debian is better for my specific situation (low memory servers on VPSes) and since I use it more often, I also know it better. I mean packages and versions, at times it matters for PHP and MySQL, for example. Ubuntu I have on an 8 GB desktop because of the better hw support. Didnt feel like compiling ALSA at the time of install, for example and at times i forget that plain netinstall disk has no firmware, that being "non-free". No OS is perfect. Sometimes even Windows does a better job for a specific task. This is why I go to virtualization, I can get a big machine and slice it giving and os and a machine for every task. Specialization to the extreme, chose the best for a certain task. BSD is better at times, Debian at others, Windows is sometimes necessary. I have CentOS too. M

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  • Debian 6 for all my server..and all are sourced to debian 6 repo + dotdeb...that's just enough for me...

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  • @Shamli said: Debian 6 for all my server..and all are sourced to debian 6 repo + dotdeb...that's just enough for me...

    This. Ubuntu is debian UNSTABLE, discussingabout theUbuntu stability is useless. And... as aside note, debian unstable isn'really so unstable.

  • I use Debian 6, Ubuntu 12.04 and recently I put Oracle Linux latest version on one of my main VPSes.

    I haven't noticed any difference in stability between Debian or Ubuntu and its only been a few weeks but Oracle is running strong too.

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