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Top five open source Linux server distributions

Originally Published:
May 2019

As you sort through your choices of server platforms, be sure to consider these topnotch Linux distributions. This ebook runs through five excellent possibilities.

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In this modern age, when you ask yourself, "What server platform should I use?" the default answer is no longer a simple, "Windows Server." There are tons of available options, from on-premise servers, to cloud-based solutions, and everything in-between. But for those who want a standard, bare-metal and OS solution, there's always Linux.

Nearly any Linux distribution can be made into a server. That doesn't, however, mean you should go with that idea. Why? There are certain distributions that simply make for better server platforms. Which ones?

Let's take a look at the five I believe to be the best platforms to meet your small to mid-size business needs. The only requirements for this are that the operating system must be open source and Linux.

Ubuntu Server
Ubuntu Server is my go-to server distribution of choice. Why? In a word, simplicity. Ubuntu makes installing and configuring a server, of nearly any type, a task that can be handled by any IT admin. Once you install the operating system (Figure A), getting the rest of the pieces in place is extremely easy. And for those who need support with your servers, you can always opt to go with Ubuntu Advantage (which includes Landscape, 24/7 telephone and online support, livepatch service, access to the knowledge base, IP legal assurance, and more).

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