OT: OS choice for dedicated server

Hiten Pandya hmp at freebsd.org
Thu Jan 6 05:39:59 PST 2005

I would suggest that if you don't go with any of the FC releases,
because I have noticed some weird data corruption issues on a RAID-5
system (IBM xSeries 345) and other similar line of products.  Even
though such systems are not supported by 4.10 (unless ips driver got
ported) I would not be in a position to entrust faith in FC due to
the bad experience I have had while using it in a production

FreeBSD 5.3 is good for production, compared to 5.2.1, so you can
eliminate the latter.  I don't know much about Cent-OS to say

So it looks like you are left with 4.10 and 5.3 to choose from for
your system.  Quite a lot of userland updating work has gone into
the 5.x line of FreeBSD, especially POSIX conformation, etc.  My
opinion is that if 4.10 can support your hardware config, go with
it (I am taking a pragmatic view).

Hope that helps,

Hiten Pandya
hmp at freebsd.org

On Wed, 5 Jan 2005, Freddie Cash wrote:

 :> I know this is OT but I highly respect the opinions of people in this
 :> group.  I am probably moving my dedicated server to a new provider
 :> soon and I have a few choices for OS.  My current dedicated server
 :> is on FreeBSD 4.10-STABLE and my Intranet box is on Debian Linux.
 :> Both have been stable and I am comfortable in either environment.
 :> I run strictly server software (apache, php, postgresql, mysql, qmail,
 :> etc.) and no desktop stuff.
 :> Of my choices below, what would you recommend that'll be suitable
 :> for the next 12-24 months.  Out of the list below, I am really only
 :> familiar with FreeBSD 4.10, so comments/suggestions about the others
 :> would be greatly welcome.
 :> Cent-OS (Redhat compatible Linux I think)
 :> Fedora Core Release 1
 :> Fedora Core Release 2
 :> FreeBSD 4.10
 :> FreeBSD 5.2.1
 :> FreeBSD 5.3
 :> Thanks!!!
 :> Tim
 :> PS: Hopefully by the time I need a new machine I'll be able to run
 :> DragonflyBSD in production.
 :Freddie Cash, CCNT CCLP        Helpdesk / Network Support Tech.
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