Forum OpenACS Q&A: Which RH distro to use for new production server?
We are ordering a new production server and are wondering which RH distro to use. Initially, we were considering RH 9, but some people have voiced reservations about it. Should we instead go with RH 7 or 8? Would anyone care to share their experiences?
Thanks for any advice...
oh yeah, and as a secondary thing, if you run an email server your speed will increase significantly if you install a DNS cache only accessible to local host (i.e. you won't open it up to security issues).
Also, if you are installing Oracle you unfortunately do have to care about graphical issues, because the installer requires an X server. As of a few years ago when I last tried it, the first thing the installer did was check for the presence of X even if you had used the magic flag to tell it to install from a shell script, which was especially lame since there is no output at all in that case.
Both of these distributions are certified to run Oracle--meaning you can get support--and also have long end-of-life cycles. So, you can be assured of getting updates and patches for a number of years.
Nice to see that infiniteinfo is finally getting a new server. RH 9 is ok. It does present some more problems for Oracle 9i than RH 8.
But if the setup is like before, no Oracle. You will be fine with RH 9. One thing that you should test if aol2 can still run on RH 9. Also the fact that these sites run on pg 7.1. Hence there was 2 pg version running 7.2 and 7.1 at the same time.
RHEL seems to be a real solid choice, if you have enough cash to spare. I am not doing the sys admin stuff lately, but I am using a RHEL AS prod server. Really nice. One thing that I don't like though is that the dev environment is not the same as the prod server. I would not like to run an aging desktop :).
Good luck, hope the new server serves infiniteinfo well.
If you really want Red Hat, I'm not sure which version to pick, but I would strongly consider the latest "Enterprise Edition" version, either an official blessed (and expensive) copy from Red Hat, or one of the copies built from the source rpm's and with the RH logos removed. (Other than the cost, I don't really have any idea what the differnces are between the Red Hat Enterprise AS/ES/WS flavors.)