When we decided to offer Linux on our managed dedicated servers, we thought long and hard about which of the many Linux distributions to use, before finally choosing Ubuntu Linux — in particular Ubuntu 6.06 LTS.
Plaudits are of course always welcome, but particularly so when we learn that the care and thought we put into making a decision such as this has been appreciated. So we were pleased to read Dan Lynch at Adventures in Open Source enthusing over our Ubuntu servers.
An important part of picking a web server is knowing that you can rely on it for the long term. That’s where Ubuntu 6.06 LTS comes in, because, as Dan says:
“the LTS bit stands for Long Term Support and updates are guaranteed till 2011. That’s vital for anyone looking to build a server, the main desktop edition of Ubuntu moves so fast with a new release every 6 months, no sys admin in their right mind wants to be upgrading the OS that often. Server downtime must be kept to an absolute minimum in that game.”
Dan’s spot on here. Installing the latest and greatest cutting-edge Linux releases is great fun, experimenting with the new features … but it’s something best done on a spare computer (or your desktop, if you’re feeling brave), far away from live systems like your web server. In a web server what you want is boring predictability and stability, knowing that you can trust it to keep serving your website for years to come.
And with Ubuntu and 123-reg that’s what you get: we look after your server and apply all the security updates, so that you can concentrate on what it is you do best.
There are lots of other good Linux distributions out there too; Fedora, Suse, Mandriva, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Centos were among those we considered. But overall Ubuntu had the edge, with its winning combination of long-term support and being free to download, so that you can run the same OS on your computers as on your 123-reg dedicated server.
Thanks for the feedback, Dan.