How to choose an operating system for a virtual private server (VPS)?

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Every time I chose a VPS I find difficult to choose an OS for my VPS. If my sites are PHP sites with MySQL databases then what operating systems will be good for My VPS?
CentOS 6
CentOS 7
Ubuntu
Debian

Which is more stable, secure and help my VPS run fast? why?
 

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CentOS is by far the most popular choice for web servers, but really any of those are fine.

Really it comes down to 2 factors:
1. What are you more comfortable using
2. Do any of the services your going to run, work better on a particular OS.
 

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This really is what matters, although I would not recommend Ubuntu out of that group.
 

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CentOS also has a free web panel, think of it as a free alternative to cPanel; it's still new though and there may be security holes. There're other free control panels around as well, a lot will work on Ubuntu.
 

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CWP (CentOS Web Panel) has been around since 2013, so I wouldn't consider it new
 

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The problem with Ubuntu is it was not developed to be a Server OS, but rather a desktop OS for those looking to introduce themselves to the world of Linux. Ubuntu is based off of Debian, so for a more stable server type OS if you are familiar with Ubuntu I would recommend Debian.

For the most part however, CentOS is the most popular, powerful server based operating system right now, based off of RHEL; this is what I would recommend.
 

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I will suggest to use CentOS. If you are familiar with CentOS7 then go for CentOS 7 otherwise CentOS6 will be fine.

Generally managed VPS servers comes with pre-installed softwares like apache, mysql, php. So, once signup process completed you can start to use your server instantly.
 

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Choice of Operating system is depend on purpose of using VPS. I suggest CentOS would be fine for you.
 
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