I am basically a casual Linux user, an able web developer, and a guy who always wants to try something new. I've experienced with commercial web hostings, their names will be omitted from this thread :)
I came across the ad for Linode the other day and to be frank I am interested in its features. I have just ended one of my hosting plan (after 2 years) and I am planning to play around with a test Linux server in house before going to Linode and purchase a service.
So my question is, which distro to pick among those available? Maybe my understanding is wrong but they seems not very up to the most recent releases, actually, not even close... Say, for instance, you can have a Ubuntu server version 7.10... that's 3 years back, right?
I think this is probably for resources consumption reasons, but if I were to pick one, which one should I choose from? Any good reasons behind?
Ubuntu 7.10 Arch Linux 2007.08 CentOS 5.0 Debian 4.0 Gentoo 2007.0 Mandrake 9.1 Slackware 12.0 Fedore Core 6
I would use this site half for hosting my blog and other materials, half for experiments like coding in C, PHP, Ruby, NodeJS, etc...
Thanks for the answers in advance.