[Web4lib] Which Linux Distribution for a Library Web Server?
kayiwa at uic.edu
Thu Jul 6 11:20:58 EDT 2006
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On Jul 6, 2006, at 7:17 AM, Keith D. Engwall wrote:
> Dear folks,
> I have built a linux web server for our library web site, and am
> contemplating which distribution to use.
> Our library web site (http://libweb.catawba.edu) uses PHP and MySQL
> primarily, but there is at least one application that currently
> uses Perl, YAZ, and Net::Z3950.
> Currently, I'm having a go at Debian sarge. While it has been
> mostly successful, I've noticed that there is no deb for MySQL 5
> and I've had some trouble installing the ZOOM Perl module, so I'm
> wondering if I'm barking up the wrong tree, distribution-wise.
> While I've got plenty of experience with standard web design, I've
> only scratched the surface when it comes to newer web-based
> applications, so I want to try to go with a distribution that
> others have used successfully.
> Any thoughts, opinions, etc., would be greatly appreciated.
You could always build the deb file for MySQL (You may actually enjoy
the process and can submit back to the project -no really. :-))
Also have you checked backports?
I see it there.
Ultimately the curse (or blessing of Debian\GNU Linux) is it's
inherent stability and "The Debian Way." Much like your case I have
never found this to be a problem when dealing with upstream software
that has cycles that are MUCH faster than Debian Stable.
Others have suggested Ubuntu Linux. I agree with them mostly because
of the predictable "release cycle" but every time I have taken a stab
at Ubuntu I find myself "losing" control and it isn't anything
pinning and a dist-upgrade to Debian Etch cannot fix. :-)
Library Systems Team
4-180, MC 234
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