Which linux distribution should i Choose

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#1 Fri, 02/23/2007 - 02:23

Which linux distribution should i Choose


Which linux distro sould I choose for an easy and problemfree virtualmin installation ?

Your quick guide suggests Fedora Core 4. Is that still the easiest choice ?

Best regards


Fri, 02/23/2007 - 04:08

The currently supported os are (according to the installer)

Fedora Core 3-6 on i386 and x86_64
CentOS and RHEL 3 and 4 on i386 and x86_64
OpenSUSE 10.0 on i586 and x86_64
SuSE 9.3 on i586
Debian 3.1 on i386
Ubuntu 6.06 and 6.06.1 on i386

If you're after all the latest packages, Fedora 6 is a good choice. Personally i find it can be a little bit "bleeding edge" and i've been burned in the past when a Fedora update has broken 3rd party software. I now use RHEL4, but will be swapping to CentOS 4 soon.

I believe that systems that use yum (Fedora, Centos, its installed by VM on RHEL) are the easiest for VM to implement support for because of the yum update system being easy to work with.


Fri, 02/23/2007 - 12:04
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Chris summed it up very nicely.

The latest supported Fedora Core is always going to be the recommended one, if you want the bleeding edge packages.

We run RHEL 4 on Virtualmin.com, but I'd just as soon have CentOS 4 (the host we use only offers RHEL).

Ubuntu is also a great server OS, but it's not quite as well supported yet.

All of the others (Debian, SUSE and Mandriva) are harder to recommend for a number of minor reasons...They're less popular, so we don't find out about bugs as fast. The latter two are harder to support for various reasons. And the last is historically pretty flaky.

I didn't mean to "suggest" any particular OS in the any of the documentation, but I can see how it would come across that way.

But, to be absolutely clear: You certainly do not want to choose an old version of Fedora Core. The life cycle of Fedora is distressingly short, even if you start using it the moment it is released. I'd hate for anyone to sign on with it at the end of its life cycle (which FC4 is). If you want Fedora, go with 6. If you want a long life cycle, go with CentOS.


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