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    Ubuntu Server instead of Debian?

    Hi All,

    I'm a born again Ubuntu user, on the desktop at least.

    I really love the OS, and as far as I'm concerend it's the best out there for desktops (and no doubt, phones tvs and tablets soon).

    I have a small web business and I've been using Debian for client hosting for nearly 15 years now and it has never let me down.

    I must confess to loving Debian too - the whole community ethos is attractive to me.

    Having said all that, I find myself reading more and more about Ubuntu server, and innovative new features like Juju, etc.

    I'm now looking at the trusty release as a possible time for change.

    Anybody else out there moved from Debian to Ubuntu for client hosting?

    I'm looking for rock solid stability first and foremost, although sexy new features are welcome too, as long as the stability is still there.

    I'd value any insights that you might have.

    Rob

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    Re: Ubuntu Server instead of Debian?

    Set up a development machine and load the latest Ubuntu server and try out some of the new features. Stability and new features are mutally exclusive, so you have to do a lot of testing to determine if the new features/services are stable enough for your purposes. Juju is aimed at service orchestration, so unless you are managing a lot of remote/virtual machines and have hosting clients that require spinning up additional, on-demand services, then Juju may not help your existing client base.

    List out the use cases in your current business (you don't need to share them) and see what new features would help support those use cases. Having at least one Ubuntu server will allow you to migrate clients that want to try the new services.

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    Re: Ubuntu Server instead of Debian?

    Yes, I know what you are saying about new features versus stability.

    I'm just hearing a lot about stability, and with new Ubuntu QA testing discussed here by the SABDFL:

    http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/1306

    I'm thinking the unthinkable, that it is in fact possible to have both.

    Now, I don't know for sure, but I don't think the Debian project has the resources to carry out this kind of testing.

    Also, I didn't mention that I do in fact have a need to offer my clients the ability to scale up and down. Think Christmas ecommerce, etc. I can handle this now by using adaptable VMs with certain hosting providers, but I'm fascinated by the possibilites, particlaurly as I'm 100% Wordpress.

    The last factor is around using Vagrant for local development - in the Wordpress community, Ubuntu seems to be emerging as the standard server OS.

    You are corrrect though, I should give it a test first and try it out. Thanks.

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    Re: Ubuntu Server instead of Debian?

    I have not played with vagrant (love that name!) but Linux Outlaws (http://sixgun.org/episodes/lo330) gave it a thumbs up. For Ubuntu server news, this article provides a nice summary: http://www.networkworld.com/reviews/...84.html?page=1

    As far as stability vs popularity, I use http://bitnami.org/stacks as a gauge for what services are being supported on Ubuntu LTS server. Because of the immense amount of work it is to support these packages/services, most are targeted to the current LTS. You can run them on 13.10, but if something breaks, you are on your own.
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    Re: Ubuntu Server instead of Debian?

    Quote Originally Posted by treb0r View Post
    Anybody else out there moved from Debian to Ubuntu for client hosting?
    A little company called Dreamhost switched over the summer - with some 20,000 servers:

    http://www.linuxandlife.com/2013/06/...nstead-of.html

    And I switched the development server in my office, so there's 20,001.

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    Re: Ubuntu Server instead of Debian?

    That is an interesting development. We'll see where Dreamhost is in a couple of years. This may be a trend of more companies moving to Ubuntu for server support.
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    Re: Ubuntu Server instead of Debian?

    First, I must say, that I have no experience with the server environment but I cannot imagine "sexy new features" being applicable to a server OS. But from the little I have seen I would say that the combination of Ubuntu and OpenStack would fit the description of "sexy." And Ubuntu is leading the field with being the basis for OpenStack deployment.

    http://www.ubuntu.com/cloud/tools/openstack

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    Re: Ubuntu Server instead of Debian?

    Quote Originally Posted by tgalati4 View Post
    That is an interesting development. We'll see where Dreamhost is in a couple of years. This may be a trend of more companies moving to Ubuntu for server support.
    Yes, this is another thing.

    It does seem to me that the sweet spot for business users is GPL licensed code with a solid business behind it offering support, much like Ubuntu (Canonical) and Wordpress (Automattic).

    I can't deny that the idea of using landscape for managing all of my servers in one place is very attractive, particularly when i can alos pick up the phone if I hit a problem.

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    Re: Ubuntu Server instead of Debian?

    Quote Originally Posted by grahammechanical View Post
    First, I must say, that I have no experience with the server environment but I cannot imagine "sexy new features" being applicable to a server OS. But from the little I have seen I would say that the combination of Ubuntu and OpenStack would fit the description of "sexy." And Ubuntu is leading the field with being the basis for OpenStack deployment.

    http://www.ubuntu.com/cloud/tools/openstack

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    Yeah, I hear what you are saying, maybe sexy was the wrong word. Innovative?

    I think if you compare Debian stable with Ubuntu Server LTS you do get more in the way of features. Even small stuff like NTP pre-configured, etc is a boon for me.

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    Re: Ubuntu Server instead of Debian?

    It's hard to generalize, but I stick with Debian for the meat-n-potatoes stuff. I've setup Ubuntu server for some situations where I needed specific stuff like LTSP that was significantly newer in Ubuntu. Ubuntu definitely has more momentum in cloud type services, so if that's your area of interest, it's probably worth it.

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