bthylafh wrote:CentOS? It's my understanding they do a good job of emulating RHEL, which itself focuses on stability and security ueber alles. The stuff won't be the most modern (COS 6.4 uses Linux 2.6.32), but IIRC it's well-maintained with security patches & has SELinux. You should be able to upgrade minor releases (6.3 to 6.4, say) easily, but upgrading between major releases won't work & will require a reinstall.
I haven't used it much (I'm a Debian/Ubuntu/Mint weenie) so I can't tell you about the state of its documentation.
bhtooefr wrote:Relatively low maintenance
Good updating policies. My ideal OS would be one that keeps all packages up to date, in a way that avoids breaking things, in a rolling release model. But, that's not really possible. Ubuntu fails here, because the LTS releases don't get good backports, and the non-LTS releases require frequent major upgrades that are to be treated as somewhat dangerous.
I'm thinking that FreeBSD and Solaris/Illumos (but which side of the fork, and which distro if the Illumos side?) are probably where I need to look here, but I'm certainly open to continuing on Linux if that's what's best for me, too.
bhtooefr wrote:ZFS would be nice, but certainly isn't a must-have. There's plenty of things that I like about it, but I realize that this means switching OSes (because Linux and ZFS ain't exactly low maintenance, and I'd rather not go for btrfs right now).
ZFS performance seems and feels better under Linux, beleive it or not.
thegtproject wrote:bhtooefr wrote:ZFS would be nice, but certainly isn't a must-have. There's plenty of things that I like about it, but I realize that this means switching OSes (because Linux and ZFS ain't exactly low maintenance, and I'd rather not go for btrfs right now).
Well, let's go ahead and throw that misconception out the window. Besides getting your Linux install running on root zfs (which still isnt THAT bad), ZFS is really ready for prime time on Linux. I was very skeptical, but a few weeks ago when I read that the latest ZFS for Linux was ready for wide scale deployment I finally dropped OpenIndiana (OpenSolaris fork) and installed my personal favorite Linux distro - Arch - and had my 20 TB zpool imported with 3 commands (after adding the zfs repo to pacman.conf of course(pacman is Arch's apt-get)).
# pacman -S zfs
# systemctl enable zfs.service
# zpool import tank
DONE, 0 issues. Incredible. Something I've wanted for a very long time now. I'm so happy my NAS is Linux and I havn't looked back. ZFS performance seems and feels better under Linux, beleive it or not.
Deanjo wrote:thegtproject wrote:ZFS performance seems and feels better under Linux, beleive it r not.
Placebo effect I'm afraid.
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=n ... px=MTM1NTA
bhtooefr wrote:I don't mind my server spending time compiling updates, as long as it's mostly automated - I'd prefer not to, but it's no big deal, this thing's hardware is massively overprovisioned for my workload, at least right now (my workload is just now expanding past the capabilities of a 1.1 GHz P3, I mainly got this hardware because it was a great deal, and I knew it'd be enough hardware for my needs for the next ~10 years, with not that much more power consumption). Looking through the FreeBSD handbook, it does look like I should stick to the RELEASE branch and not use STABLE or TESTING, but at least major version updates can be done (but looks like they're hell to do - like, recompile all ports installed on the system).
thegtproject wrote:I used to be Solaris fan, but then I took an arrow---- i mean.... then Oracle (satan) took over. And the slowly progressing of Illumos just isnt my style.
Flatland_Spider wrote:Oracle ceded the market to Linux when OpenSolaris was closed down.
thegtproject wrote:Solaris was incredible. And for those reading, if you enjoy a good history read, read up on the company Sun and all their achievements- truly an amazing company and a damned shame they went down.
The least they could have done was make licensing compatible with dtrace and zfs, but we all know they have every intention on monetizing these technologies to the fullest extent.
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