[Wolves] advice on version of Linux to install

Kevanf1 kevanf1 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 7 15:57:43 UTC 2014

The best version of Linux, server or desktop, is the one that is right for

Even then this is bound to change over time :)

On 7 January 2014 15:41, chris procter <chris-procter at talk21.com> wrote:

> >>>> Debian itself is the most used server os next is Ubuntu
> >>>>  and following on shortly behind that is RHEL and Centos so that
> should
> >>>>  cover you nicely.
> >>>
> >>>  Citation needed :)
> >>
> >>
> >
> http://w3techs.com/blog/entry/debian_ubuntu_extend_the_dominance_in_the_linux_web_server_market_at_the_expense_of_red_hat_centos
> >>
> >>  As per your request
> >
> > And there is the classic problem with data and the analysis thereof.
> That site
> > draws its information from webcrawlers basically looking at WEBSERVERS
> it makes
> > no mention of Fileservers which is possibly the lions share when it
> comes to
> > support contracts.
> >
> > There are far more FILE and MAIL servers out there than WEBSERVER boxes.
> So
> > effectively that chart is a load of old twaddle.
> Its not twaddle, but you do have to be very careful about interpreting it.
> For a start it shows the percentage of web *sites* run on a given linux
> version. If multiple sites are hosted on a single webserver that server
> will count multiple times, or a single site runs on a cluster (very likely
> for a good number of the "top 10 million websites" ) then multiple physical
> servers count as a single site.
> Then theres the question of how accurately do those sites report their OS,
> iirc microsoft.com used to report it was running on linux due to the
> setup of their load balancing infrastructure.
> It also gives you no idea about how many internal webservers there might
> be supporting these sites such as database servers, and other environments
> (uat, development boxes etc) that are used to test changes before they go
> live.
> Oh and they dont define what criteria they use for "top 10 million
> websites", I assume they mean by hits (how would they get this info?), but
> they could mean "top 10miliion sites w3techs.com staff like"
> And then we add in Pete's "theres more to life then webservers" point, I
> can think of one company that uses solaris webservers but has tens of
> thousands of internal database/file/application servers.
> So while its a interesting graph and it does look very nice from Ubuntu's
> point of view I dont think it tells us a lot about the "most used server
> distro"
> Statistics are fun :)
> None of which is actually that important to the question. Probably the
> best answer is what most people do, pick a distro, play with it, switch to
> something else, play with that, repeat until you find one you prefer, then
> try to convince everybody that your answer is *obviously* the best and
> anyone who thinks otherwise is wrong :)
> chris
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