Linux Servers: Which Distro should you use?!

In the Linux community, there’s constant debate about which distribution is best for your desktop. However, there’s not as much discussion regarding Linux distros for your server. There are many good options for your Linux server project, and in this video Jay discusses his top 6 choices.

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  1. Just in case my comment gets deleted on YouTube, I’ll re-post it here.

    I’m using Debian as my hypervisor to run a couple of server VMs such as pfSense and storage server that runs Debian as well. I’m also running LXC containers as well (lxc-start, lxc-stop, lxc-attach, etc.). My containers run LDAP and I have a web server container that gets assigned multiple IP addresses (one IP address per virtual host), so I do not need multiple web servers.

    At least my comment is still there. Not meant to cross-post.

  2. I don’t want to start a thread war, but after the Redhat fiasco with CentOS, I will never again use a commercially controlled distro. That’s me, you use what you want, I won’t judge.

    I moved all of my servers, VM’s (KVM), and RPI’s from CentOS to Debian-11 and could not be any happier.

    I’m using Solus on my laptops and Garuda on my gaming computer.

  3. Yeah, the CentOS thing was the last straw for me with RH.

    If you want the latest and greatest packaging, Debian probably won’t get you there. However, if you want a secure, stable, well tested, and reliable server, you can’t really go wrong with Debian. I like Ubuntu servers also, but, I tend to stay one LTS behind. Currently, all our work servers are running OL7 with UEK.

  4. I have autism, so if I’m not using Void Linux, I’m probably running Alpine. Void is the distro of choice for both desktop (my RPi 4, daily driver) and for servers. I currently only have a Samba VM and a separate Graphana+Prometheus VM, both on Void. My Pi also runs LXD containers from time to time (lxc commands).

    I am running Alpine Linux on my RPi 3, which I’m using as a router (on the Ethernet port) and getting internet via WiFi. I also have OpenVPN running on the Pi 3, so all traffic that goes in through the eth port, gets tunneled out through my VPN server.

  5. I’m really looking forward to seeing more content about Suse on servers. I though YaST was a graphical interface for configuration or can it also be used on the server-side as a command line utility?

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