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From Christopher Schultz <ch...@christopherschultz.net>
Subject Re: Best Linux distribution
Date Wed, 14 Nov 2007 18:03:28 GMT
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Andrew,

Andrew Hole wrote:
> In your opinion what is the best LINUX distribution for a server with
> an instance of Tomcat and an J2EE application of medium load?
> 
> An opinion taking as a basis the performance and cost.

Do you need corporate support? If that's the case, then you should be
looking at the quality of the support, since most Linux distros are
equally stable, reliable, etc.

I personally like Gentoo Linux due to its infinite configurability and
package manager. It would probably irritate lots of people since they
tend to have updates /very/ frequently and (in standard configuration)
everything needs to be compiled for the target machine each time -- you
do not typically download binary packages.

A friend of mine who works for the US Library of Congress recently
implemented Ubuntu on their servers after switching from Gentoo. They
preferred the binary packages and reduced update traffic. I'm not
entirely sure why they picked Ubuntu (which targets desktop users) over
Debian, but I think that Ubuntu might have a lot of customizations that
improve deployment.

I know that, personally, I would like the opportunity to kick everyone
on the apt team in the nuts because that package manager makes my brain
turn inside out. :)

- -chris
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