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Servers based on Linux include:
- CentOS Linux: “If you operate a website through a web hosting company, there’s a very good chance your web server is powered by CentOS Linux. This low-cost clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux isn’t strictly commercial, but since it’s based on RHEL, you can leverage commercial support for it. Short for Community Enterprise Operating System, CentOS has largely operated as a community-driven project that used the RHEL code, removed all Red Hat’s trademarks, and made the Linux server OS available for free use and distribution. In 2014 the focus shifted following Red Hat and CentOS announcing they would collaborate going forward and that CentOS would serve to address the gap between the community-innovation-focused Fedora platform and the enterprise-grade, commercially-deployed Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform. CentOS will continue to deliver a community-oriented operating system with a mission of helping users develop and adopt open source technologies on a Linux server distribution that is more consistent and conservative than Fedora’s more innovative role. At the same time, CentOS will remain free, with support provided by the community-led CentOS project rather than through Red Hat.” Fair Use Source: https://serverwatch.com/columns/slideshows/top-10-linux-server-distributions.html
- Fedora Server
- Oracle Linux Server
- Oracle Linux (formerly Oracle Enterprise Linux) is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It competes directly with Red Hat’s Linux server distributions and is optimized for Oracle’s database services.
- Arch Linux: “A simple, lightweight Linux distribution, Arch Linux is definitely designed with more competent Linux users in mind. Arch Linux doesn’t provide the level of support and ease of use that other Linux server operating systems offer, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used as a viable server for more experienced administrators. Those interested in giving Arch a spin as a streamlined server are encouraged to start with the Arch Linux Server site.”
Like the Gentoo Linux distro, Arch Linux utilizes a rolling release model, which means regular system updates are all that are needed to keep current with the latest Arch Linux components and packages.
Arch Linux’s home-grown “pacman” package manager provides updates to the latest software applications with full dependency tracking, and Arch Linux updates tend to follow the pace of Linux kernel releases in order to provide optimal hardware support.
The Arch Linux development team typically updates the Linux server distro on a monthly cadence, with the latest kernel and base packages from the package repositories.
- Slackware: “While not generally associated with commercial distributions, Slackware maintains relationships with several companies that provide fee-based support. One of the earliest available Linux server distributions with its original release in 1993, Slackware has an extensive and faithful fan base. Its developers release new versions every year or so.”
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