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post #1 of 13
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Sorry if it's in the wrong section but I believe this is the most adequate.

I'm going to buy a VPS and I've never been any genius when it comes to server OS but I got a few Operating Systems to choose from and I need advice on which one I should choose.

CentOS 4/5, Ubuntu 7.10/8.04, Fedora 7/8/9, Debian

Which one of them is most user friendly for beginners?
And which one is the most effective? And which one is least limited?
Which one goes with cPanel best?
And which one is best for me as a beginner?

I've heard that CentOS is probably one of the best but is more for professionals or at least not beginners. But I've also heard that Debian is a good server OS.
post #2 of 13
I love Ubuntu, but Fedora is incredible when I had my laptop. I'm a OSX and Windows guy, but Ubuntu and Fedora are the only Linux versions that caught my eye and I found amazing.

I'd say Ubuntu is the most user friendly for beginners.

Even a completely moron can understand Ubuntu.
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post #3 of 13
start with slackware, move to gentoo
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It's a VPS, Virtual Private Server which is about a 1/20 of a huge server with 16GB of RAM, 15k RPM hard drives, 8 cores of xeon cpus etc since that is faster than a server when it comes to what I'm paying.

I'm not going to use my personal computers. Servers don't work exactly the same. And the host offers these OS.
post #5 of 13
If you're buying an unmanaged VPS it's assumed that you know what you're doing. So you're going to have to learn fast.

The best available option right now is going to be CentOS 5. Ubuntu/Debian are not serious server OSes. And Fedora is too bleeding edge, but it has a much wider variety of software that might tempt you to use it. Don't. Use CentOS and add EPEL to it.
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post #6 of 13
CentOS is great for servers. Debian would work pretty well, but Ubuntu/Fedora are going to be too bleeding-edge for my liking. Then again, I've heard good things about Fedora for servers.

CentOS is the classic server OS though. Frankly, once you set up your basic stuff (Apache, whatever you plan to use for mail, PHP, etc..) you probably won't notice what OS it's running apart from stability, so I'd go for CentOS.
Edited by lattyware - 12/22/08 at 4:43am
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post #7 of 13
Agreed with centos/debian. Only debian testing/unstable is "bleeding edge". If you get stable then it'll be as solid as titanium.
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post #8 of 13
I've had Debian on my server far the past year, and I love it.
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post #9 of 13
Ive been looking at testing a Linux based server program for my gaming server. Which one of these would be the best server OS program that you have been decussing???


PS i will change my sig so it makes it easier.
I am also using Ubuntu 8.10 on my dell laptop.
Edited by Goodboys - 12/26/08 at 3:44pm
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post #10 of 13
I'd use Fedora or CentOS for a gaming server, unless the program vendor STRONGLY recommended something else. And then I'd probably give them funny looks and go with Fedora or CentOS anyway.
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