I'm currently planning my business servers and I would like to know what's the best Linux distro for these needs:

  • Nginx + MySQL + PHP 5.4
  • Zimbra Collaboration - Open Source
  • Node.js w/ Forever

I know it's a objective question but I asked a lot of people and they didn't answer me other thing than "It's your choice"...

I have a 2 CPU, 1GB RAM, 30GB SSD server...

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  • It's your choice. ;) – michas Aug 28 '13 at 23:29
  • Nice shot :p But nope, I need a specialist advice... I worked with CentOS and Ubuntu but both are heavy on RAM... – Frederick Marcoux Aug 28 '13 at 23:33

You might want to use a distribution that has a low footprint. Debian quickly comes to mind, but I can't see why you wouldn't use ubuntu or centos or even gentoo or arch.

In the end of the day, you should use the distribution you feel more comfortable with.

  • CentOS: Zimbra not working. Can't tell why. Tried a lot of times... Ubuntu: Hate it, too heavy on memory. Fedora: Same as CentOS. I don't have Gentoo... I'm on DigitalOcean so I can't choose my O/S outside of Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, Arch and CentOS... – Frederick Marcoux Aug 28 '13 at 23:35
  • @FrederickMarcoux If I were you I would pick something in between Debian and Arch. But then again, (I can't understand) why was Ubuntu heavy on memory? Were you using the Desktop or the Server version? – NlightNFotis Aug 28 '13 at 23:37
  • I was using the server version. It took 75% of Ram just for running the base system! – Frederick Marcoux Aug 29 '13 at 3:23

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