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Here are Top 10 Options for Running A Linux Server

Businesses looking to run a data centre server know the benefits of going with Linux as the server option.  However, the plethora of options available makes it a bit difficult to settle for an option. This piece takes a look at the top options in their order of efficiency.


          1.     Ubuntu

Ubuntu is the default option for many businesses due to the level of commercial support and excellent hardware options available to users. It is why it is top of the pile for any Linux server list. It is also the most sought after by people looking for Linux virtual private servers.

        2. Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat is the preferred option for larger companies around the world. The high quality support and regular update releases means this formerly small company is now a force to be reckoned with in the data centre world.

         3. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) is easy to maintain and there is round the clock response and support for users.  This server option is useful for businesses that value stability and support more than leading-edge technologies and features.

4. CentOS

Webhosting companies around the world use this server a lot more. It is a partly commercial variant of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux.  As a variant of RHEL however, commercial support is straightforward.

        5. Debian

Debian holds the record of having the most child distributions in the Linux server world till date. There is no formal commercial support, making an undesirable option for many businesses but commercial setups using Debian can connect with consultants from all around the world. You should consider this option if stability is more important for your business than latest features.

6. Oracle Linux

Few people know this, but oracle does indeed run an in house Linux distribution.  Oracles Linux is in direct competition with Red Hat’s Linux server distributions and it has proved an effective challenger over the years.

7. Mageia/ Mandriva


This is a Linux distribution that is most popular outside of Europe and South America. However, it is well constructed and capable. It features all the positives of Mandriva and combines it with regular announcement of new features and capabilities.

8. ClearOS

Formerly known as ClarkConnect, this server option is viable for small businesses. Its administration interface is highly touted and documentation is its forte. This is a good option for less experience admins who are looking for a quick Linux server deployment.

          9. Arch Linux

Arch Linux is simple and lightweight Linux distribution targeted at more experienced users.  The level of support and ease of use is a negative but many experienced administrators have benefitted immensely from its use.

        10. Slackware

One of earliest available Linux server distributions, there are no commercial distributions on offer but a relationship is maintained with companies as they offer fee-based support.