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Is it safe to install Debian 6 on a dedicated server? (LAMP)

My hosting company gives the choice to install it ( Debian 6, 64-bit "squeeze" ALPHA ) They said it's wrote ALPHA because it's not a stable distro so far.

At this point I don't know if it's a good choice or not.

What do you suggest?

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I guess your hosting company haven't updated their notice. –  Tshepang Feb 9 '11 at 9:39

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Debian 6 (Squeeze) is the new "stable" release, so it's highly recommended for servers.

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Look here: ovh.co.uk/items/distributions/debian.xml they keep saying debian 6 is alpha.. doh –  dynamic Feb 8 '11 at 14:48
    
If your hoster is incapable of supporting the current stable release, find a new hoster. –  Paul Tomblin Feb 8 '11 at 14:53
    
Debian 6 only came out two days ago, any sensible hosting provider is not going to start telling everyone to adopt it. That doesn't mean it shouldn't be used (I trust Debian a lot), just that it's not an indicator of a bad provider. –  Coops Feb 8 '11 at 14:59
    
i contacted the support. They said the label ALPHA is just an internal label because debian 6 is out only few days ago. They will remove it as soon as the first big wave of bugfixes will be realeased. Anyway i just bought a server with squeeze :D –  dynamic Feb 8 '11 at 15:16
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Debian isn't like Ubuntu or the others where you have to wait for a shakeout before it's safe to run. When they promote something to "stable", it's because it's ready to run your enterprise. –  Paul Tomblin Feb 8 '11 at 15:48

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