With all the various and sundry Linux distributions out there, how do you determine the right one? There are many factors to consider. For instance, do you need an enterprise support contract? Is long term support a consideration? Also, what is your current experience with Linux? An experienced Linux administrator might choose a different distribution than a casual user.
Keeping these considerations in mind, Ubuntu Server is the best Linux for web server needs. No other Linux server can match its long term support, ease of operations and supportability.
Long Term Support: Ubuntu server 10.04 is a LTS version. LTS stands for Long Term Support. Typically, Ubuntu will support the server edition for eighteen months. However, they offer LTS versions to support the enterprise market. The latest LTS is 10.04
Ease of operations: With the apt package manager, installing the software for your web server is a cinch. The command âsudo aptitude install apacheâ will install the Apache web server. Replace apache with mysql, or postfix to install MySQL and Postfix. For each application, there are How-Tos on the Ubuntu documentation website.
Supportability: Support is a key factor in deciding on a Linux distribution. With Ubuntu server you get the best support community out there. Almost any problem you will face has already been solved in the forums and written to a How-To. If professional support is needed, many companies offer third party support for Ubuntu. However, my experience has shown that a moderate administrator can manage an Ubuntu server without paying a support contract.