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AMD64: FreeBSD 6 or CentOS 4.2 ??

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  1. tarionyx

    tarionyx Registered

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    Which would you all recommend for a webserver running CPanel??

    Here are the hardware specs:

    Tyan GT20 1U Barebones
    Opteron 170 Dual-Core
    4 x 1GB DDR400 ECC Registered
    4 x 250GB SATA2 HDD
    ARECA PCI-e 4-port SATA2 Hardware RAID Card (RAID5)


    Any suggestions? I just want to get some ideas before purchasing my license or testing one out. Thanks in advance!! :)
     
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    That would run cPanel for sure!!! Where are you getting that server from :) I want one.
     
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    I'd go with whichever OS you're more comfortable with. Things to consider:

    1. cPanel doesn't apparently support FreeBSD v6 yet (see front page) so you may not get support, etc

    2. FreeBSD development is usually a few steps behind RH derivative linux since the latter appears to be the main development platform (some see that as an advantage)

    3. I would not recommend using an x64_86 OS and to stay with a 32bit one instead
     
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    Somewhat related, is CentOS 4.2 fine to use with cPanel?

    I have half a thought in the back of my head that there might be problems with it, although I may be imagining this. I ask as I'll be ordering a new server soon and don't want to get anything wrong!
     
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    No problems with 4.2. I use it on a few of my own servers and many clients without issue. The only problem I've come across so far is the secured /tmp logrotation issue which can be fixed using the FC2 approach of a separate tmp for logrotate.
     
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    Thanks for the advice!

    I recall having that very issue on a previous FC2 server. I don't recall what the solution was, however you did post one that I followed and which worked. I'll have a hunt around for it and see what turns up.
     
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    I'm comfortable both with FreeBSD and with Linux. I was just always under the impression of FreeBSD being more secure. My experience with Linux, more recently, has been with Gentoo, which has portage. I used RedHat way back in the day, so I'm familiar with the RPM system, but as with ports/portage, I prefer compiling so that its optimized for that system.

    I would see that the RH development being newer than FreeBSD as an advantage also...

    I'm mainly concerned with how I keep the system up to date...ie keeping apache and php, security fixes, etc...Do I manualy do that, or is it done through CPanel??


    After reading a bunch of the x64_86 threads and what not, it seems some people are running it without problems...what are the advantages/disadvantages of running a 32bit OS vs 64bit ?

    I feel like I would be wasting it running a 32bit OS.
     
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    I just order parts from newegg and build them myself. I have two similar ones, and one with a dual opteron 270 going in my rack at home to run exchange server and either a FreeBSD or Gentoo server for running Cacti and Nagios.

    Colo is more fun :)
     

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