[ILUG] Suggestions for best 64 bit Linux distro?
colm at tuatha.org
Wed Jun 29 11:20:36 IST 2005
> == nadir at compsoc.nuigalway.ie
>> == colm at tuatha.org
>> Is there anyone on this list who is responsible for a real
>> production server and has decided to use Gentoo Linux on it? What
>> was the evaluation process which led you to this decision?
>> Colm (hundreds, and no)
> and the evaluation process?
> id be more than interested to know
We want a distribution which requires minimal local maintenance;
ideally something onto which we can graft our necessary changes
without having to deviate substantially from the upstream. Better
still is a mechanism to feed our changes and bugfixes back into the
upstream. Local repositories are to be kept to a minimum.
This is borne of several years effectively running our own
distribution (a RedHat fork), which turned into an *enormous* time-
sink for sysadmins. Basically, the overhead of maintaining local
versions of software, tailored for our infrastructure, is
prohibitive. There are simply too many packages out there.
Ubuntu is attractive because:
* It comes prepackaged for both our major architectures (i386
* Its installation is easily automatable, with superb hardware
* Its installation is *quick*; machines can be deployed in 15
* Maintainers are willing to rapidly upstream our bugfixes
* It has the Debian notion of packaging rigour so no dependency
* It has a predictable release cycle, with long lifetimes on
* It's very easy to add local repositories for non-upstreamable
- apt allows prioritising, version maintenance, etc
* Debian's thoroughness in config file update mechanisms etc. is
* Security fixes are rapidly available, and easily deployed
* Trivial to maintain hundreds of servers in synch
* Sensible choice of main versus universe packaging
* Enormous package selection in universe (very little need to DIY)
* Installation of new packages virtually instantaneous
Basically, sysadmin time is one of our scarcest and most precious
resources; any distribution which requires a substantial amount of
admin time to install, upgrade, or add new packages to is a definite
no-no. Ubuntu wins handily on this scale; this is mostly due to its
Debian heritage and the concomitant notions of rigorous package
definition and testing.
Hope this helps,
Colm Buckley / colm at tuatha.org / +353 87 2469146
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