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Re: [SLUG] Enterprise Platform
- To: bill pearce <wybaleena@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Enterprise Platform
- From: Matthew Palmer <mpalmer@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 18 May 2004 08:46:34 +1000
- Cc: slug@xxxxxxxxxxx
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On Mon, May 17, 2004 at 08:23:46PM +1000, bill pearce wrote:
> Hi , I was wondering if anyone can assist me in selecting an operating
> system of Linux for a business.
> he name of my website still under construction is www.jobsite.com.au Could
> anyone recommend a Linux Enterprise Platform that will be able to run my
Are you planning on doing all the setup, programming, and system
administration yourself? If so, you basically want whatever distribution of
Linux you feel most comfortable with. Different people like different ones.
The list of likely candidates you'll want to try includes RedHat Enterprise,
Debian, SuSE, and E-Smith (although I've heard rumours they're not around
I personally find Debian to be a good fit for almost anything, and I've got
many sites running on it. Rock solid stability, timely security updates,
and it's flexible enough to be put to basically any task you'll need. But
Debian suits my personal style very well, while it may not suit yours.
If you're planning on outsourcing the management of your infrastructure, or
getting someone in to look after it for you (not a bad idea, as the issues
involved in running a major commercial website are subtle and varied), then
you'll pretty much end up going with whatever the person you use is familiar
with. That's not a big problem, as the underlying software in all Linux
distributions is very similar, and there isn't much between them. What the
different distributions give you is different management interfaces, pretty
much -- different ways of installing packages, configuring programs, and
that sort of thing. There's nearly no difference between the software you
use to actually run your site.