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CentOS Server Evaluation

Jan 26, 2010, 23:04 (1 Talkback[s])

"Evaluating the CentOS Enterprise Server There are a number of popular choices for Linux enterprise level servers including CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, Slackware and others including Red Hat Enterprise. This series of articles on a choice for a Linux Server will compare several of these Linux distributions to examine the advantages and disadvantages of each distribution. What is important to recognize in this evaluation is that how you view advantages and disadvantages are dependent upon the expertise of your Linux administrators and the level of support you need to maintain your servers. How to Evaluate Enterprise Servers

"There must be criteria for evaluating enterprise level servers to make the comparison. In this comparison, each distribution has a focus or philosophy which drives them in a specific direction and influences package choice, package versions and hardware support. The first evaluation examines CentOS as an enterprise level server. Focus: rating 9

"The primary focus for CentOS is to provide a stable and secure community version of Red Hat Enterprise by building the distro from the source code of RHEL. The emphasis on stability comes from longer testing of packages, conservative choices on versions and avoidance of cutting edge versions. The emphasis on security comes from the years of hard work that have gone into the development and application of SELinux. Though the focus on stability and security is a top priority for this distro this rating is not a 10 because of an increased interest in adding Desktop options to the packages which are in contrast to the primary goals."

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