Ubuntu vs CentOS vs Debian vs FreeBSD vs CoreOS vs Mint vs Fedora vs Windows Server?

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Choosing an OS for your VPS or dedicated server is not an easy task. You're aware that it's important to choose a stable OS, and you may be confused by the different available operating systems and their features when starting or choosing a new server hosting. My question is, what are the key differences between the server operating systems that you are offering or using?

CentOS or Ubuntu or Debian or FreeBSD or CoreOS or Mint or Fedora or Windows Server: Which is Best for you? Why?
 

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Most of the time, you will not choose your OS. Because server softwares are not compatible with all distributions.
For example, if you want to install cPanel, you will use Centos. And when I'm using easyengine on a VPS, it have to use Debian/Ubuntu.
 

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When you choosing OS you should understand your future project-specific. Also, if you are planning to use any control panels you should find out info about the OS they support.
If you develop your site for the customers, you should ask in advance about their preferences in OS
 

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Depend what you looking for. I am more familiar on Centos and Debian, so any application that i am using must be compatible to centos or debian.
 

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CentOS or Ubuntu or Debian or FreeBSD or CoreOS or Mint or Fedora or Windows Server: Which is Best for you? Why?
For me CentOS or CloudLinux for WHM (as it's required)
If a server does not require a panel or use of an different panel such as plesk I would pick Debian everytime, rock solid and a real work horse.
 

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I agree for Debian, that's my favorite one. No breaking updates like Ubuntu and stable repo with dotdeb.org.
For Plesk that's perfect, but you have to know Plesk is fully compatible with Cloudlinux and you can even buy Plesk with Cloudlinux with a special price at plesk.com. That's not only for WHM.
But without providing shared hosting, Cloudlinux is not needed.
The only extra to buy could be KernelCare to have all updates without any reboot
 

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Depends on the requirements If it is mainly for Hosting purposes I would go for CloudLinux or Centos.
 

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As I knew CloudLinux is a paid web hosting platform and you have to pay fee monthly while Centos is free one, should we use Centos instead?
 

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CloudLinux and CentOS are very different things. CloudLinux has been designed from the ground up for security and performance on web hosting servers, It's fully supported and updated often,
so the license fee is very much worth it. CentOS is a community built open source distribution.
If your not hosting lots of sites, CentOS will be perfect for you.
 

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Centos is a sure bet. I like to use Centos as it´s based in RedHat, an enterprise solution used by many business in the world.

Forget about Windows. Each year the windows usage for servers is lower and lower.
 

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Most of the time, you will not choose your OS. Because server softwares are not compatible with all distributions.
For example, if you want to install cPanel, you will use Centos. And when I'm using easyengine on a VPS, it have to use Debian/Ubuntu.
Thanks for your advice, I didn't know this.

Depend what you looking for. I am more familiar on Centos and Debian, so any application that i am using must be compatible to centos or debian.
yes I am trying with Centos and it has good community to learn and get supported.

For me CentOS or CloudLinux for WHM (as it's required)
If a server does not require a panel or use of an different panel such as plesk I would pick Debian everytime, rock solid and a real work horse.
I heard of CloudLinux but I don't see this option when purchasing a new VPS, hosting providers didn't offer when choosing a OS for my VPS at the beginning time. How to install or integrated CloudLinux for my VPS?
 

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Because of rpm for me. I'm much more familiar with rpm instead of dpkg.
What rpm or dpkg is, why does it affect to your choice?

It's not about what you use but how you use it. If you're comfortable and familiar with CentOS, then use CentOS - that's why :)
Of course I am familiar with CentOS but sometimes I can not select it because other software require to run on other OS.
 

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I never used FreeBSD, CoreOS, Mint, Fedora or Windows Server
I used Ubuntu, CentOS and Debian on my hosting server but I don't see any differences between them, just on file paths or configuration, I could not measure its performance.
 

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Choosing an OS will depends upon the software or services you need to run for websites. If you buy a dedicated or vps for PHP website, you can choose Linux flavors. If you want to run cPanel on it, you should choose CentOS. If you need run MSSQL or .net, you should choose windows. You may choose the latest stable version of any OS which provides much security than older version.
 
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