A lot of people regularly ask me what Linux distribution they should use. Naturally, I always tell them to use the one they are the most comfortable with.
Of course, some applications, most notably Oracle software, are certified on only a few distributions so, if the objective is to have, say, the Oracle Application Server running, the choice of the distribution is limited. On the other hand, if the objective is to have a server running an open-source software such as the Apache Web Server, then there is no restriction at all: you can use whatever distribution you would like.
Personally, I tend to favour CentOS Linux. The reason is that, over the years, I have become quite knowledgeable in RedHat-based Linux distributions such as RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) but I prefer using a free Linux distribution as opposed to pay for support. Next week, we will run a Linux training at Knowledge7 and the distribution we will use is CentOS Linux 7.
Our next Linux System Administration training starts on Wednesday 19 August 2015
Linux or something else…
We Linux enthusiasts sometimes forget that other open-source (i.e. free) operating systems exist. One good example is FreeBSD which is a descendant of the original UNIX (by Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson) and which is adored by its users. All usual open-source software run very well on FreeBSD including web servers, databases, etc. I know quite a lot of people, in Mauritius and elsewhere, who run FreeBSD on their production servers and they are very happy.
What is interesting with the open-source ecosystem is that we can try multiple operating systems for free before we decide.