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    Most stable / complete Linux distro ??

    I was thinking about this, and I couldn't possibly decide on this, anyone wanna help me out??

    I am betting Debian would be on the list, although I can't be sure.

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    RHEL3
    If we have to pay for it, it had better be stable and complete.

    But seriously, I would have to say that CentOS is stable and complete, and free. It's supposed to be an open-source OS for corporations, so they're really working their tails off to keep it secure and reliable, and my experience with CentOS certainly proves that they've done their jobs well.

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    heh, a few of the distro lost their places.

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    gentoo

    Rock stable, as it is completely compiled on your machine to your exact specs.

    That being said it is not a distro for beginners nor faint of heart

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    *is compiling gentoo right now* I know gentoo is good, but for a server OS, erm?

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    I second for CentOS
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    Debian is Rocking !

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    Heh gentoo for a server?

    I rather go with FreeBSD!

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    The most stable linux distro is FreeBSD! It has built-in linux binary compatibility and is much more stable, iMHO
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    FreeBSD aint linux... its BSD!

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    I am not talking about BSD though, I am talking about linux, out of all linux distros.

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    Well you can consider all the usual suspects for a stable linux distribution.

    Open Source/Free: Debian, CentOS, Slackware

    Commercial: RHEL, SLES (SuSE Linux Enterprise Server).

    Although Slackware isn't targeted as an enterprise distribution, in the hands of a good admin it will work wonders for you (albeit with a bit more legwork).

    But remember, a distribution will only stay stable and secure if the admin 1) knows what he/she's doing, 2) keeps alert to new security vulnerabilities and 3) doesn't keep tinkering with the server until something breaks

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    1. Debian
    2. CentOS
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    i never ran debian, but reviews told me that it was, I wouldn't go with RHEL / CentOS as i've seen a few kernel issues related to it.

    SLES is something I would look at considering the quality of SuSE, but thanks, I'll try Debian (this is only for testing it against Solaris / FreeBSD)

    Linux & BSD behave differently, Linux 2.6.X and BSD have a mismatch in certain barriers of performance. I may be looking at modifying BSD to behave slightly like the 2.6.X series of Linux.
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    i would 100% back either CentOS (nice and free, very stable, very nice to use) or if you want to pay, RHEL 3.

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    CentOS is RHEL for free. Pretty much. Given my choice, i'd use netbsd, but compatibility is an issue (despite netbsd be amazing). So i'm pretty much forced to use Fedora/CentOS.

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    I'd pick Debian in terms of things, but people will use what they like even if it sucks.
    I would never want to use CentOS/RH on a server I really cared about.

    When I setup hardcore servers, I use FreeBSD heh.
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    An OS is only as stable and secure as the sys-admin controlling it.
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    Originally posted by Jim_UK
    An OS is only as stable and secure as the sys-admin controlling it.

    I agree with you..

    And my favorite linux distro is slackware..

    Slackware Rulez!!!

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