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I'm working on setting up a VPS, and I'm not about to go with slow apache. I'm looking into lighttpd and nginx, but I don't know which one to go with.

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 on an OpenVZ VPS

My VPS has these resources:

  • 40 GB disk space
  • 1.5 GB memory/2 GB burst
  • 3 TB bandwidth
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Depends on your applications? – zaub3r3r May 15 '11 at 19:02
up vote 4 down vote accepted

I prefer nginx over lighttpd for following reasons:

  1. Easier and more sane config format.
  2. More and better documented modules
  3. It is actively maintained and developed. Last major release was 2 years ago.

Only pros of lighttpd over nginx
1. Talking to backends via HTTP/1.1
2. Automatic spawning of FastCGI backends

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Alright. I think I'll try nginx, and see how I like it. – Sam Bloomberg May 15 '11 at 19:05

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