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Which Linux for Professional Admins?

Cliff posted more than 9 years ago | from the best-for-the-enterprise dept.

Linux Business 934

LazloToth asks: "Short and sweet: with so many distributions of Linux to choose from, and so many of them good to excellent, which Linux delivers the best balance of stability, high-level support options, security, rapid updates, and ease of administration? If an admin wants to standardize on one Linux distribution and have the best of all worlds on everything from file-and-print servers to database boxes, what, in the experience of the Slashdot pros, is that Holy Grail of Linuxes - - the one that does it all while also making upper management feel warm and fuzzy?"

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Gentoo (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533144)

This answer was specifically optimized for your question.

Re:Gentoo (1)

repruhsent (672799) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533185)


Re:Gentoo (1, Informative)

sigaar (733777) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533346)

I believed the question was about administration, not what your fav fanboy-itch-scratchin' distro was.

By the time you start compiling your kernel before you even boot gentoo the first time, I'll have my users working on a file/print/mail server already.

Wrong question (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533147)

You're asking the wrong question, son. Software licensed under the GPL, including the Linux kernel and all the GNU userspace tools, is embarrassingly inferior to its BSD-licensed equivalents. Deep down you know this generalization reflects reality, and so do all the Linux apologists who will rise up, in their tiresomely predictable manner, to make excuses for this fundamental truth:

Talented programmers avoid the GPL.

Since you seem unable to face reality, let me pose for you the right question: Which *BSD is right for me?

Re:Wrong question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533307)

I thought BSD was... Oh forget it.

Re:Wrong question (1)

tonyr60 (32153) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533333)

Not sure if this was a troll or not - I guess the drugs have/have not kicked in yet.

However assuming it is not....

The question concerned internal systems, not a platform for external or software for distribution. So it is no consquence whether the license is GPL, CDDL, MPL, *BSD or any other free to use type license.

Re:Wrong question (1)

gcain (414380) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533350)

BSD... Isn't that a Windows thing?
Yeah!, "Blue Screen of Death" right?

Relax!, I'm just a friendly Linux user screwing with you! :)
You BSD people take everything so seriously.

Debian of course (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533149)

Surely, Debian?

Re:Debian of course (2, Funny)

gcain (414380) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533209)

You mean there are *other* distros?
I thought that was just an myth...

Re:Debian of course (4, Insightful)

jgaynor (205453) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533235)

I was about to say the same thing - although AFAIK we're missing one of the points hes looking for:

stability - Check
security - Check
rapid updates - Check
ease of administration - Check
high-level support options - No check

I don't consider google and usenet high level support options. Im sure someone knows of a commercial outfit that will do pay-for-play deb support - so please, chime in . . .

Otherwise go debian!

Linux? Bah. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533152)

Hurd. Master of OS's.

First troll post! (0, Redundant)

daniil (775990) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533153)

Gentoo, obviously :H

Re:First troll post! (5, Funny)

delire (809063) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533190)

i'm sure compiling for 4 days would impress the manager..

Re:First troll post! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533206)

Gentoo makes my ass warm and fuzzy.. because i have to sit in a chair for so many hours before i can start doing anything with it

(ok... maybe it was already fuzzy.. but DAMN does it get warm)

Goodness (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533158)

This should be fun to watch.

Re:Goodness (4, Insightful)

tha_mink (518151) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533296)

Yeah really. Asking Slashdot users which Linux to use will produce more results than asking google [] .

At least google won't make fun of you while you ask.

C'mon Cliff. Why post this kinda thing? What good will come from this.

[your distro] sucks...use [my distro]...

Killme now.

FP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533159)


F teh Linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533164)

Solaris 9!

Debian (2, Insightful)

corrosive_nf (744601) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533167)

I say debian. Choose stable and use apt-get for updating. Yup Debian

Ubuntu (4, Interesting)

dieman (4814) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533168)

Hands down. Its debian, its got support, and we're going to see a new release every six months until they run out of cash. :)

Re:Ubuntu (4, Informative)

yamla (136560) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533237)

I agree, though I still prefer Debian itself for servers which will not run any GUI at all. But then, I tend to be fairly conservative in my distributions for servers.

I tried FreeBSD but gave it up. The main problem was that it does not run the 4.x versions of VMWare, unfortunately still a requirement for me. However, I also found that Debian did a better job managing configuration files.

Re:Ubuntu (1)

ciroknight (601098) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533342)

Well, Ubuntu is (Desktop)BusinessDebian (like UserLinux, only much further ahead), and I'm still a little shaky on it, I think there's some "Monkey Magic" that it performs that's a little weird and the use of their own apt-get servers isn't the best either. Good at limiting their distro, bad for general debian-to-ubuntu compatibility.

Easy.. (3, Insightful)

tewmten (608383) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533170)

Slackware of course.
KISS all the way :-)

To put it short (5, Insightful)

A beautiful mind (821714) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533171)

It's the administrator, not the distribution that matters the most. A different administrator might like a different system. There is no absolute objective "good".

Mod this guy up. (1, Redundant)

nlinecomputers (602059) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533273)

He's right. I personally like Suse. Yet I know people that will spit teeth before using Suse. I like Suse because of its ease of administration via Yast. Some hate that and perfer the command line. Gotta try'em before you use'em. Support and scalability are an issue too. I sell servers to small SOHO type offices. Most any Linux will do the job. I don't expect the download version of Suse to handle a grid cluster.

Re:Mod this guy up. (1)

Nicholas Evans (731773) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533321)

And you now also know one person who almost blew his brains out over SuSE. No operating system should /ever/ be so...friendly. *shiver*

Re:To put it short (2, Insightful)

drakethegreat (832715) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533289)

True. The BSD people swear by it and the certain linux loves love their specific distro for a certain reason. Picking the BEST is not a real practical approach. That is the joy of Open Source OSes in that you can pick your flavor and make it what you want it to be.

To an administrator... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533329)

a cohesive OS developed by a group of people with a single vision is good. Something cobbled together out of dozens of unrelated projects is bad.

An OS that is well documented because it is part of the job is good. An OS that is poorly documented because documentation is boring is bad.

*BSD or Solaris > Linux

Re:To put it short (5, Funny)

DeckardJK (555299) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533354)

I beg to differ... the best distribution is clearly the one with the cutest logo at any given time.

Flamebait -1 (4, Interesting)

Emugamer (143719) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533173)

Don't you think that if there was a holy grail of Linux distros, that there would be more then one Linux distro? If people agreed on what you asked, there would be less distros to choose from, unfortunately all of them have their downsides, thus listen to what everyone says about their favorite distro, and do what I do, choose Slack. Oh you want a reason? How about "'caus"

Honestly I would choose slack or debian (different reasons for each) and then boot off network, change one image you change them all... then have box specific apps on the local hard drive etc. BTW: get a lot of ram

Redhat Linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533174)

Yes, I said it! Or, for a free version.. consider CentOS

SuSE (2, Insightful)

zogulus (47344) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533176)

SuSE, SuSE, SuSE...

Simple & Easy - more than you could ask...

Re:SuSE (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533308)

Keep preaching, Faithful!


- great administrative tools to support large networks

- rolling out new servers / workstation with auto-yast with pre-installed configuration/software

- YaST - Best configuration tool under the sun for Linux.

- 10+ years experience + now Novell.

Re:SuSE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533331)

That's exactly my problem with Suse, it's always more than I asked...

Survey says (3, Insightful)

dzo (810034) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533181)

Gentoo All the way. nuff said

Re:Survey says (1)

WwWonka (545303) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533299)

Gentoo All the way. nuff said

#emerge --update --deep world

..three days later and three days behind schedule for getting the new "lightning fast Gentoo Linux box" up, our hero finds himself on the street preaching the rightous words of a "professional admin Linux distro" to Toothless George.

doesnt exist (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533183)

if you're a linux admin, you want to be running debian. Unfortunatly, the 'only' linux (at least stateside) that the management types will let you run is Red Hat, because thats what Oracle supports.

Dunno, might be different in non-oracle shops but that's where I live so *shrugs*

Management (4, Funny)

wombatmobile (623057) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533187)

what, in the experience of the Slashdot pros, is that Holy Grail of Linuxes - - the one that does it all while also making upper management feel warm and fuzzy?"

I don't know. My management just feels fuzzy.

Debs or BSD (1)

djxploit (748198) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533189)

would have to say debian or bsd. just for reliability issues and general ease of use and a 1/2 decent package mangament

Personally... (2)

B00yah (213676) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533191)

I recommend Mandrake with a support license. Frequent updates, rpm based for easy package updation (bwahaha, updation), it's gotten press with being traded publicly now, so it may trigger PHB's to pull a "hey, I read about them in (insert CIO style dummy mag here)".

But that's just me.

FreeBSD (1)

Safrax (697056) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533192)

FreeBSD is scalable, dependable, and very high performance. It's also easy to maintain since people didn't make the distribution without a plan.

Re:FreeBSD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533282)

Are you retarded? The question asked about a Linux distro...

Ubuntu (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533193)

There are naked people!!!11

Slackware! (1)

kaltree (658753) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533195)

Long live slackware!!!

Re:Slackware! (1)

eSoul (855122) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533239)


Re:Slackware! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533318)

Don't laugh ! - my organisation ported 90 users to this, against my will, and leading to my eventual resignation...

Re:Slackware! (1)

w1r3sp33d (593084) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533347)

Hail to the king baby.

Define professional (5, Funny)

pronobozo (794672) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533198)

If you are a professional admin, shouldn't you already know what's best?

Obvious (5, Funny)

pjf(at) (807061) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533199)

> which Linux delivers the best balance of
> stability, high-level support options, security,
> rapid updates, and ease of administration


this is easy (1)

Triumph The Insult C (586706) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533200)

Well, SuSE or RedHat, obviously. (4, Interesting)

PornMaster (749461) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533201)

RedHat and SuSE both have software and hardware vendor support. You might find that companies with an existing relationship with Novell (or even a nostalgic one) will tend towards SuSE, but like in the days decades ago when "Nobody got fired for buying IBM", you'd probably have your best defense against a pink slip with RedHat.

Let's just use BSD (1)

NaijaGuy (844212) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533202)

I've never used BSD, but I knew some scary guys who were really into it, so I figure it must be good. How about we just get all the best stuff from every distro and use it with BSD?

Re:Let's just use BSD (1)

devphaeton (695736) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533301)

There's DebianBSD for that ;)

Otherwise, for linux it's Debian.

For BSD it's Free and Net!

Re:Let's just use BSD (1)

0racle (667029) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533348)

There is already a BSD like that. Its called FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD or DragonflyBSD.

Best Distro (1)

Jheaden (169061) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533203)

If you want to satisfy managment you'll probably have to go with one of the majors that have support contracts. I.E. Redhat, Suse, etc

For stability it's hard to be Debian. And from what I've heard (no experience myself) they do a pretty good job on security updates.

Myself, I prefer Gentoo. Although I'm not sure I would use it for production, though many do.

huh? (0, Flamebait)

bano (410) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533204)

they all pretty much suck, so just choose on that you personally thinks sucks the least.

Hmmm NOTA. (0, Flamebait)

telemonster (605238) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533207)

FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, IRIX, Win2k, then Linux.

Best Linux (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533210)

Microsoft Linux

Only one answer: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533217)


Mandrake Of Course :-) (1)

horsebutt (714262) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533218)

Mandrake of course. Lots of good pre packaged Goodness.

Nah Only Kidding. For me, Debian or Gentoo would be the pick. I havent used gentoo enough to suggest it however I have heard many good things about it.

Depends on the higher-ups. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533221)

In general, RHEL on the production servers, and Fedora Core everywhere else in the office.

If you don't like that, and if you don't have important production servers (i.e. print servers and file servers are all that Linux is running in the shop), then debian everywhere would also be a good choice.

As for the desktop, anyone who is putting Linux on thier desktop becomes thier own admin. I wouldn't even TRY and maintain those boxes, just let them be and slap them if they start blowing up the network or something.

Is there really a best? (1)

tu_holmes (744001) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533222)

You know, I've used lots of versions of Linux in my day... Versions of Debian, Red Hat, Mandrake, SuSE... I really can't say any one is better than the other.

It really comes down to what you've played with and are used to. Debian has apt-get, and with an additional package so can pretty much any of the others.

If you don't want to pay for support, then Red Hat may be the best for you because more people use the "Fedora Core" in the US than any other version I'd guess, but SuSE has a big following as well... so that can be considered a toss up.

I think the best bet is for you to mess with more than one and pick the one that you like the best.

It's all a personal preference thing.

SuSe all the way baby (2, Insightful)

BristolCream (102658) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533223)

We run SuSe over a cluster of several hundred servers. Extremely easy to deploy, very secure out of the box and it supports auto-updates which saves us a world of admin time.

Base install w/apache, mysql and mod_backhand takes about thirty minutes to online.

Gentoo of course (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533224)

Anyone who knows what they're doing should run Gentoo because it gives you the most control, and it teaches you the inner workings of Linux. Gentoo is quick to patch security problems, and they have an extensive user community which answers most support issues. As linux as linux gets, since it's all community based. Corporations just have alterior motives IMHO. ;)

In my experience... (1)

DeckardJK (555299) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533226)

"the one that does it all while also making upper management feel warm and fuzzy" may or may not be the best solution.

Generally non-techie types tend to relate RedHat to THE Linux. As a general rule I think most people have more luck selling the RedHat name to a confused upper management than some voodoo weird named "slackware" linux or what have you.

Your mileage may vary though.

Hahah, replies should be funny (1)

chris09876 (643289) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533228)

This post is sure to generate a ton of replies :) Really though, it depends exactly on what you need. For the company I worked for, the most important thing was ease of maintainability. For that reason, we chose to go with Debian. It was easy to update things across multiple machines. That was the biggest appeal for us. Other distributions have other features to offer.

With those requirements why not Apple? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533233)

OSX and OSX server running on xServers and PowerMacs respectively is the obvious solution. ;-)

I can't believe this story made the cut... (1)

cfsmp3 (774544) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533234)

and mine didn't :-) Who do I have to sleep with to get something posted?
OK, OK, my story sucked big time, but this question beat me hands down!

Not just for slackers (1)

uberjoe (726765) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533238)

Slackware with slapt-get or swaret for dependency checking, which slackware's pkgtool does not do.

Please, flame away (3, Funny)

Raunch (191457) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533240)

Read no further. Without having to read the reast of these posts; you can get a sense of what is to come here, and hopefully avoid some painful reading:
"I like A".
"I like B".
"A sucks and so does your mom".

PS. Apt-get rules.

Re:Please, flame away (1)

Stevyn (691306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533358)

I like portage.
apt-get sucks and so does your mom. ;)

Debian (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533243)

I've switched over to Debian from Redhat because it just works and feels better for updates and installs. Aptitude is really powerful stuff.

Of course, there are some server products that dont support debian, so redhat is still my fall back.

Obvious (1)

cavemanf16 (303184) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533244)

Why, it's Mandrake of course! Those Frenchies are such stalwarts of stability, steadfastness, and sheer willpower to withstand any attack on their infrastructure that I can't imagine a computer operating system that isn't founded on exactly the same principles!


Try A BSD (1, Offtopic)

devphaeton (695736) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533246)

This is less of a flaming attempt that you might think.

Linux has always been good to me- i have no regrets. But the numbers (insert real netcraft census, not the typical BSD is dying troll) may indicate better than hype (or maybe not).

Mention OSX as a BSD if you like, but I don't know about its performance vs Free/Net/Open.. (meaning i have no experience with it) I would hope that you can boot it w/o the expensive GUI running all the time. Also, if you have existing PC hardware, Free/Net/Open will not require a new hardware purchase. If you have old PPC machines lying around, Free/Net/Open will not require new hardware purchase.

Mod Topic -1 Flamebait (5, Insightful)

IcEMaN252 (579647) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533252)

Isn't this more of a religious question than a technical one?

What is best for your everything might be best than what is best for my everything.

If I my organization does a, b, and c and requires d, e, and f, then Linux Distro G is best for me. But if you do x, y, and z and need u, v, and w, then Linux Distro T is probably better for you.

There is no _one_ answer.

Purely subjective (1)

Codename_V (813328) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533256)

The one you like the best obviously. Try out as many distros as you can and find the one that suits you best.

Personally, I'd recommend Mandrake, but then I have no doubt that many people on here will be squarely against it.

Not the one "we" chose ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533257)

Just don't pick Slackware.

No offence to Slackware, which has it's place and which I ran at home, but surely no large organisation would decide to base their business on it ?
Apart from mine that is...

No Silver bullet (1)

quantus (93210) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533278)

I wish folks would just stop this nonsense. Let the problem define the solution. If three problems are best solved by three seperate distributions, or even another os (BSD), then deal with it, don't force folks to stick to one canned solution.

if your sysadmin staff is worth anything, they can easily pickup/adjust between them.

professionals? (0, Offtopic)

rd4tech (711615) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533281)

Aren't all Linux admins professionals?

Management Likes Recognizabe Names (1)

buffalo1111 (681285) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533283)

Like RedHat Enterprise Linux, plus it just plain works.

Slack (1)

Vinson Massif (88315) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533286)

All others pale before this mighty distro.

Yeesh, what a question. Guaranteed page refreshes and add views.

Ubuntu For the Political Leverage You Need (-1, Offtopic)

Baldrson (78598) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533290)

Ubuntu has the ease of use of Linspire without messing up the apt/Synaptic package management system. Moreover, you can preempt any political resistance to organizational adoption by prominently featuring the Ubuntu logo with all communiques [] . Any resistance to adoption and you can retire rich by following this simple procedure:

  1. Loudly accuse anyone who objects to your choice of Ubuntu of being sexist racist white supremacists. If they happen to be black you can call them "Oreo" blacks.
  2. When they fire you for being a jerk, hire Johnny Cochrane and sue them.
  3. Collect millions and then retire, really rich, to South Africa where the AIDS vectors [] don't usually rape [] really rich whites like Mark Shutleworth [] and you.

You're welcome.

If you had said UNIX (1)

FullMetalAlchemist (811118) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533294)

If you had said UNIX I would have answeared FreeBSD or NetBSD. However, you asked for Linux so I guess I have to say:

Debian Linux, or maybe Debian BSD [] , just to be rude :P

One vote for SuSE... (4, Informative)

badasscat (563442) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533303)

I'm gonna give my vote to SuSE... the ease and speed of updates is one reason I've stuck with it, after giving up on Mandrake and Red Hat/Fedora. YAST2 (the built-in setup utility) is just such an easy and powerful tool, and it "just works" - you can set it to auto-update if you want (it sets up a cron job for you if you select this option), but even on manual it will identify critical patches separately from non-critical patches, which makes it easy to pick and choose.

Plus, it's Novell now, so it's owned by a "real company", which may or may not be something your own company/organization is looking for (some business do require some level of centralized accountability and support).

I've also been pleasantly surprised with SuSE 9.2 in other areas - it's the cleanest and easiest-to-use distro out of the box that I've used, with no obvious bugs that I've seen. No reason not to use it, and lots of reasons to use it. YAST2 is a big selling point, in my opinion.

IBM, Red Hat or Novell (SUSE) (1)

LegendOfLink (574790) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533305)

My company runs Red Hat Enterprise. Upper management likes big names. So, when you tell them, "Hey, I think we should run Mandrake", they'll stare at you like you're retarded.

But now say, "We're thinking of running IBM, RedHat, or Novell", they'll say, "Oh, I read about them in the Wall Street Journal. Go with it."

Good admins don't need a specific distro... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533306)

actually - a good admin is able to handle any distribution.
That's what makes the difference between the "called" admins - and the real ones.
If you know how a Linux System works - you can administrate any system, e.g. any Distribution.

White Box, a clone of RHE3 (1)

Jerry (6400) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533310)

We are talking about admin tasks, aren't we? FC3 would be the bleeding edge equivilent of WhiteBox, for the daring admin. WhiteBox and be a server or a desktop. The admin would probably run GNOME and the desktop user would probably prefer KDE.

Re:White Box, a clone of RHE3 (3, Funny)

easter1916 (452058) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533351)

Running with Linux for over 7 years!
You must be fucking knackered man. At least put down the CDs, at best just stand still for a while.

I say Ubuntu (2, Interesting)

xutopia (469129) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533312)

that's what I use and I love it as both server and desktop.

Hardware (2, Insightful)

AngryElmo (848385) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533313)

Doesn't the question hinge around the hardware vendor certifying a particular distro? I mean, Debian or Gentoo may be great, but it is not so good when you can't get a driver for a Fibre Channel card for your HP StorageWorks SAN, or if you do manage to get one going, your configuration is unsupported (ie no regression testing performed by the vendor).

SLACKWARE (1, Flamebait)

evilone (68858) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533314)

Slackware is GOD

Why bother asking here? (2, Interesting)

ian rogers (760349) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533322)

So far, I've seen 3 comments or so backing up why someone suggested a certain distro.

I think a better idea for you would to go buy a $50 (after rebate) 120gb hard drive, partition it 10 ways, and then try out 10 different distros.

Sure, it'll take more time than asking /. and will require a bit more cash, but you'll probably get a better feel for all the things you like or dislike in the distros you try. What says that if you take the advice of someone on /., you'll get the best one for you? Chances are, you'll try what someone says, and not anything else, and miss out on a distro that really suits your needs.

Gentoo and Debian the only serious contenders (3, Insightful)

Gherald (682277) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533323)

> the best balance of stability, high-level support options, security, rapid updates, and ease of administration

Surely Gentoo delivers the best balance of the above. The only real disadvantage is compilation time, but that can be negated by nice'ing long emerges overnight.

Now, if stability and security are paramount I would go with Debian stable. But Gentoo is light years ahead of all contenders in the rapid updates department.

We use SuSE, but (2, Interesting)

Tsiangkun (746511) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533326)

I would prefer debian for administration, but it's more of a religous preference than one based on technical merits.

Corel' Linux (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533327)

Corel GNU/Linux.

First thing I ask of interviewees "do you have Corel GNU/Linux on your bookshelf"

If they don't, they won't get the job. That simple. Its like the Code Complete of the GNU/Linux world.

FreeBSD, bitches. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533336)

g's up, hoes down.

I have to go with Fedora Core 3 (0, Offtopic)

mustangsal66 (580843) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533344)

I haven't found a better put together distro that found so many devices with out a hitch. I have a Deb box, and ran slackware for a bit too. I tried suse, and mandrake, but that was a while ago. There are so many places to find pre-packaged add-ons for Fedora, it's great. In fact I'm writing this on Fedora Core 3 using my Dell Precision laptop with the wide screen, using the 802.11g access point secured via WPA_EAP.

OSX is also very well put together, but you said best linux distro.

Begging for War (1)

mick29 (615466) | more than 9 years ago | (#11533345)

Someone is begging for a flamewar here. Out of topics that actually matter?

Personally, I grew up with Debian, so my preferences are clear. It might have its shortcomings, but I learned to cope with these over time.

warm and fuzzy? hmm try this., (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533352)

Tell them you'll work as a volunteer and will split your 401k with the board of directors.

If that doesn't work just tell them to outsource your department.


best TCO: Debian (IMHO), best commercial: SuSE (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11533356)

if you need the lowest TCO, a distribution that scales best from firewall, server, desktop choose Debian (stable and testing for the desktop).

Debian makes everything work with 15000 packages, or tries its best. :) So for an admin, you wont

If you have to make your boss happy with "supported" plattforms choose SuSE.

sed -e 's/Oracle/SomeExpensivePiceOfCode/g'

Oracle runs like a charm on Debian, but this plattform is not officially supported by Oracle.
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