[LUNI] Ubuntu Server
sfaci at cs.uic.edu
Tue Apr 24 23:39:50 CDT 2007
I think we had a few flames about distro X vs. Ubuntu so I'll opt out of
most of it. I've only ran Ubuntu Desktop and had questionable results with
it. My distro of choice for a server would be either gentoo (if you can
stand the compile time) or pure debian. But in the end, it is a matter of
On 4/24/07, Martin Maney <maney at two14.net> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 24, 2007 at 06:37:08PM -0500, Rick Munday wrote:
> > How many of you are running Ubuntu server and what are your thoughts?
> I had thought I'd be using Ubuntu on servers this year, and in some
> tests and one fairly large trial setup it was looking real good. The
> five year lifetime for 6.06 LTS sounded like the best of both worlds -
> a solid, long-supported server platform but with frequent stable
> successor releases available when I finally felt the need.
> Then I got obsessed with doing server consolidation using Xen, and now
> I'm running Etch and have the first guest replacement server going;
> currently looking at FAI as an easier way to setup the other guests.
> The issue was simply that 6.06 had squat for Xen support, and using
> upstream's stuff would have been more interesting than I want a server
> to be. (for the most part, getting Xen bugfixes let alone enhancements
> means moving to whatever later kernel they happened to be working
> against that month, and 2.6 kernels are much too prone to changing
> important bits that disturb, even break, system userland for me to like
> the prospects. KVM will be the future, but emphasis on future,
> including new hardware.) And then about the time I was starting to set
> this up "for real this time, no more trial balloons" Xen did a new drop
> that broke the support in 6.10... and Etch (then prerelease) was on it
> before I finished being miffed, so here I are...
> But aside from this one aspect that was a showstopper for one specific
> goal Ubuntu had been looking real good, and I would probably have gone
> with it just for the slight gain of only having one upstream's updates
> to keep up with (at least until the desktops moved on to later
> releases, but still).
> > I installed it today on a little Dell PowerEdge 1550 and was totally
> > surprised at how well it performs on that box (2x1GHz and 1GB RAM).
> Don't know why that would be surprising, unless you've been using only
> [over]loaded distros. Ubuntu and Debian are pretty lean at heart.
> > Threw XFCE on it for giggles.
> > It seems like a really tight server.
> Ubuntu or Debian; Debian or Ubuntu. It's as much a matter of taste for
> a server install unless you have a compelling issue as I did with Xen
> support. (no, I haven't looked at Feisty - it's a bit late to go back
> and do it over again anyway.... for me)
> Among the greater ironies of the computer age is the fact that
> information is cheap and accessible, and so it is no longer very valuable.
> What is valuable is what one does with it.
> And human imagination cannot be mechanized. -- the New York Times
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