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Debian or Centos for a hosting server?

Posted: 2008/08/03 21:13:57
by ozgurerdogan
Hello guys, I am very new to linux but need to install a hosting server and learn it. I am a windows server guy. Anyway, I need your advices about using Debian or Centos for a hosting server. I will use Directadmin as a control panel. Centos is commonly choosen by hosting companies but my ISP recommended me using Debian.

I wonder if I face in difficuluties, disadvantages, incompatiblities or anything? Or Is choosing Centos better idea?
Any advise or comment will be helpful.

Thanks

Debian or Centos for a hosting server?

Posted: 2008/08/03 21:39:22
by NedSlider
Well, firstly, as this is the CentOS forums, you're probably not going to be overly surprised if we're going to say CentOS :-D The debian guys will likewise probably say debian.

Next up, as someone new to Linux you're going to have a very steep learning curve with either. Pick one, and stick with it.

Linux is about choice, something you don't get much of in the Microsoft world. The first thing you'll learn about Linux is that if you ask 10 Linux people the same question, you'll likely get 10 different answers. If I were familiar with debian, as I suspect your ISP are, then that's what I would probably recommend. As it is I'm not, it's CentOS that I'm familiar (as are most users on a CentOS forum), so that's what I'd recommend.

Either will do the job just fine so your choice has to come down to other factors. Who is going to be supporting [i]you[/i] in supporting this server, and what are [i]they[/i] familiar with? That's probably what would dictate my decision in your position.

One further consideration - DirectAdmin modifies/customizes a base CentOS installation at which point you will not get official support from the CentOS project. You would need to look to DirectAdmin to support the components that they change. I suspect the debian community will adopt a similar position.

Re: Debian or Centos for a hosting server?

Posted: 2008/08/03 21:46:17
by ozgurerdogan
Ok I generally learnt that, it is my decision and both will make the same job. But I also would like to learn technic issues like how much resources support hosting envirment. Is debian popular to use for hosting or only few people using it?

Because centos is more popular and commonly used, do I have any difficuluties for finding help for debian?

Thanks

Re: Debian or Centos for a hosting server?

Posted: 2008/08/03 21:51:07
by NedSlider
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ozgurerdogan wrote:
Ok I generally learnt that, it is my decision and both will make the same job. But I also would like to learn technic issues like how much resources support hosting envirment. Is debian popular to use for hosting or only few people using it?
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Yes, debian is also popular on servers.

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ozgurerdogan wrote:
Because centos is more popular and commonly used, do I have any difficuluties for finding help for debian?
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I've no idea - try posting on their community forums or mailing lists and see what sort of reception you get.

Re: Debian or Centos for a hosting server?

Posted: 2008/08/04 11:41:23
by ozgurerdogan
I think debian is good if you are not using at hosting envir. Because at hosting you only need typical softwares. Debian is good on desktop and maybe complicated server configurations.

I just installed centos and decided to go with that. I hope I made correct desicion.

Re: Debian or Centos for a hosting server?

Posted: 2008/08/04 11:49:51
by AlanBartlett
As you have now installed [b]CentOS[/b], I'll say [i]Welcome to the CentOS community.[/i]

Re: Debian or Centos for a hosting server?

Posted: 2008/08/04 11:51:53
by ozgurerdogan
Thank ou guys. I hope everything goes well.