Re: Why choose Debian on server
- Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2019 13:52:44 +0000
- From: Joe <joe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Why choose Debian on server
On Wed, 2 Jan 2019 11:51:25 +0100
Alessandro Baggi <alessandro.baggi@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Why you choose debian on server? Where for you it is better than
> centos and other server distro?
Possibly the main selling point is that Debian has always been
continuously upgradeable from one version to the next. Building a
server from scratch can be a painful process, especially after you have
spent years tweaking and customising the previous one. The more rarely
this has to be done, the better.
The problem of old software is one you will never get away from, but on
the other hand, old software is generally reliable. A server is a
computer on which you rarely need the latest software, an old DNS or
DHCP server will generally do the same job as the very latest version.
Poor support for new hardware is a general problem for Linux, as
hardware is always designed for Windows, and drivers often have to be
reverse engineered for Linux. Red Hat is in a somewhat better position
than Debian, but no manufacturer is going to optimise their hardware
for RH, either. Less of a problem with servers, where the hardware is
likely to be robust and old-fashioned. Who needs the latest version of
Bluetooth or wi-fi on a server?