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I have a small VPS (256mb ram/512mb burst). I am in confusion as to which linux should i install on it, choice being, Ubuntu or CentOS.

The server is going to be used for a rails app. and will also need, ffmpeg, memcached, beanstalkd, nginx, imagemagik.

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Don't forget to pick an answer if we've answered your question! :) –  Publiccert Jan 10 '11 at 20:01

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Any answer you'll get here is purely anecdotal. I prefer Debian or Ubuntu. Make sure you don't use the 64 bit version if you're using less than 4Gb of ram. Also, check out Linode for a better deal(assuming you're using Slicehost).

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i am on 123systems.net –  Amit Jan 10 '11 at 19:46
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They have a pretty shoddy record. You're going to run into MAJOR I/O bottlenecks. –  Publiccert Jan 10 '11 at 19:49
    
yeah i know... i am there to have the site up... once its up, i plan to move to linode... –  Amit Jan 11 '11 at 20:33

Are those the only two choices? For that size, you may want to consider Debian. Ubuntu is based on it, but Debian is much lighter.

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available choices are arch, suse, debian, fedora, ubuntu –  Amit Jan 10 '11 at 19:45

Either choice will suit you well- do you know what versions of either they will install? That might affect your decision.

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i have nearly all versions of ubuntu from 8.04 and centos 5 –  Amit Jan 10 '11 at 19:45
    
if you check here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_%28operating_system%29#Releases you can see the currently supported releases :) –  AliGibbs Jan 10 '11 at 19:47

You might also take a look at rPath and Stacklet (http://stacklet.com/)

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