OS for Virtual Private Server (VPS)

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Published on 2010-03-09T20:05:39Z Indexed on 2010/03/11 20:24 UTC
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Hi guys!

I'm new to VPS managing and I need to chose which OS to install on my VPS. I have the following alternatives:

  • CentOS 5.2
  • Ubuntu 9.10
  • Ubuntu Server edition 8.10
  • Debian 5.0 Lenny
  • Debian 4.0 Etch
  • Gentoo Minimal 10.0

I tried to install couple of them, I've also installed Webmin and doesn't really see any big differences among them.

  • Which one would you suggest for someone who is just learning (but it's going to be a working server as soon as I'm done with testing)?

  • Which one uses less resources (I have only 256 MB of RAM)?

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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