Advice for a debian server
johan.sjoberg at deltamanagement.se
Tue Sep 7 07:55:30 CDT 2010
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> From: linux-poweredge-bounces at dell.com [mailto:linux-poweredge-
> bounces at dell.com] On Behalf Of John Hodrien
> Sent: den 7 september 2010 13:42
> To: linux-poweredge at dell.com
> Subject: RE: Advice for a debian server
> On Tue, 7 Sep 2010, Johan Sjöberg wrote:
> > Well, that's a nice flamebait if I ever saw one...
> Quite, but that doesn't mean you need to rise to it.
> > These "enterprise" distros are generally very bloated. Who wants
> > support and a desktop environment on a server?
> A single kickstart for what you like and you get what you want with the
> minimum of fuss. Anyway, why does RHEL have to be for servers. I use the
> same base OS for servers, desktops, and appliance type devices. It's all
> > You need to do a lot af deselecting when installing RHEL/CentOS to get a
> > reasonably slim installation.
> Yes, it's not as good as some distros if you want a really tight install, but
> you can get /reasonably/ small, /reasonably/ easily.
> > And you are also "forced" to use LVM, which is quite unneccesary when
> > use hardware RAID.
> No you're not. LVM is the default, but a couple of clicks during the install
> and you can ignore it entirely. Also, if you think hardware RAID negates all
> the benefits of LVM then you really don't understand LVM.
> > Debian is really lightweight and reliable (yes it is).
> Sure. But that doesn't make RHEL unreliable. They're both much more
> than IRIX ;)
> > The fact a product is commercial doesn't make it more reliable. Sure, it's
> > nice to have commercial support, if you need it. Correct me if I'm wrong,
> > but it's not like RedHat codes all their packages themselves. The "hobby
> > developer's" code goes into RHEL as well.
> Absolutely. And to throw the inverse into the mix, it's not like Debian
> doesn't benefit from the work done by Redhat or other commercial linux
Of course, I'm no Debian fanatic or so, but the statement that RHEL is superior was quite provoking. We use RHEL and CentOS on a number of machines. Mostly Dell servers, since the Debian support from Dell is near to non-existent, and we need OMSA for monitoring the hardware. On HP we generally use Debian, since they provide Debian packages of system management applications and drivers.
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