Re: Why choose Debian on server
- Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2019 23:39:52 -0500
- From: Gary Dale <garyndp@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Why choose Debian on server
On 2019-01-02 5:51 a.m., Alessandro Baggi wrote:
Because Debian doesn't come from a company, it can't go out of business
or be taken over. And because Debian has lots of spinoffs, including
distros that are in the commercial server market (e.g. Ubuntu), you can
bet that everything runs on it and it runs on everything.
I'm new to this list and I'm choosing the right distribution for
server needs. I hope that I'm not OT and don't want start a flame. I'm
evaluating the possibility to switch on debian so I hope you will give
your experiences about this topic.
At the moment I'm using CentOS 7 on server and workstation but very
old software, add third repos for get some software, use unmaintained
software where patchs are released by dev distro team, big changes
between a current release and next release, big corporation piloted
distro, waiting that rh release a security patches and then recompiled
on centos, problem on new hardware, unable to install new software
from source due to old libs get me bored, and frustated in the last
year. I like flexibility and I noticed that centos chains my knowledge.
Today seems that RH Family is the standard and rh is more supported by
software vendors. Considering 10 years of support, Selinux working out
of the box, stability, enteprise class and free distro..user choose
Centos with the perception that things work better because all is
"followed" by a corporation. With this assumption users feel more
secure and unfailing.
This is not necessarely true. I think that is the sysadmin that make
things safer, secure and unfailing. Sure that a stable and reliable OS
take his part but when big blue take this game I'm not so sure about
centos future. What if someone will choose to drop centos project?
Maybe this is premature but from this "Why not choose a stable and
community piloted distro where user needs are first purpose?"
I used Debian in the past on several server for a big company without
any problems but now are several years that I use centos on server and
workstation and today I lost my debian knowledge about stability on
Why you choose debian on server? Where for you it is better than
centos and other server distro?
Thanks in advance.
Debian is also very stable and very secure. While Red Hat may have a
segment of the corporate market, I'll bet that there are more Debian
servers than Red Hat. If you think Red Hat has the market cornered, you
aren't looking at the full market.
Then there are things like the Raspberry Pi, which are used in a lot of
specialized server-type tasks, that mainly use Debian. They can do a lot
of things that are useful in a corporate environment that you wouldn't
want to put on a real server.
I also use Debian on my desktop (I have for decades) so there is a good
knowledge crossover. I don't need to learn and use two different kinds