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I've used Linode for about a year now, specifically their Dallas DC. I have nothing but praise for them. The only thing they could do to make me happier is to make it free (but with their referral program it's been free for me for 6 months now!). I've blogged a bit about them: Linode Review Bring your Linode Home with You There's comments on those ...


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You are asking the wrong question. Find out what the performance bottleneck is instead of searching for a database server that makes better use of the resource you obviously have enough of (CPU power).


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Disclosure: I work for Linode. 360 MB is a fair amount of memory, but it's nothing to phone home over when it comes to LAMP stacks. You need to be fully aware of ways to optimize your stack in this amount of space; a 64-bit OS will directly impede those efforts by using more memory overhead for some things. Knowing each of the distributions you listed like ...


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We do not officially support *BSD, but we do have some users who have it running successfully. Please see http://www.linode.com/wiki/index.php/BSD%5FHowto for more info.


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Some good comparisons between the two services (that aren't on the Linode or Slicehost forums): VPS Showdown Slicehost vs Linode Also, "RossH" posted the same UnixBench scores that David points to in his answer in the Linode forum, where it was mentioned that his host was shared with 36 other Linodes.


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Linode (and some other cloud vendors) use Xen full virtualization to provide services for you. These full virtualization stacks also allow the virtual machines to move from host-node to host-node live. One of the greatest side-effects of this is that they don't have to take down customer VMs in order to patch a node. Just move all the VMs on that node else ...


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I don't know where you read that MySQL use[s] only one [CPU], but your source is wrong, at least for any modern version of MySQL. Your performance problem is coming from something else. My money is on bad indexing design. Try asking MySQL to EXPLAIN why it's slow...


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You need to take a look at a mirror and think about what you see there. If you need a rock-solid distribution and do not care about the latest version number of package foo, go with Debian. If you need a rock-solid(ish) distribution and you do care about the latest version number of package foo, go with Ubuntu Server. If you like to tinker around with ...


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I just looked at the oom log dump, and I question the accuracy of that graph. Notice the first 'Node 0 DMA32' line. It says free:3376kB, min:3448kB, and low:4308kB. Whenever the free value drops below the low value, kswapd is supposed to start swapping things until that value gets back up above the high value. Whenever free drops below min, the system ...


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Usually you can tell bash to ignore these rc files with: ssh -t your-host bash --noprofile --norc After login, you can view and update the problematic rc files.


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Linode has DNS servers and a well-documented DNS Manager application that you can use to create your own DNS zone and records.


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I've been a Slicehost customer for about 9 months now and I could say many of the same (good) things about Slicehost that I see other people saying about Linode. The servers and connections are reliable and fast, and I don't remember there being any downtime since I joined up - but if there were, I'm confident that the support people would take care of it ...


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Just because you can go up to 50mbps does not mean you will always get 50mbps; The network path to S3 as well as the latency are also important. If you are able to use multi-part upload, you will be able to break a file down into multiple pieces and upload it using multiple threads, possibly increasing the upload speed.


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You can use the Linode Control Panel. You should be able to access the server with Lish in order to edit the SSH server's configuration.


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That wiki article is complete and utter balls. Don't use OpenVPN bridging unless you really, really know why you want to use it. It makes everything about 100 times harder. I'd start with the official OpenVPN HOWTO and go from there.


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A nuance of Apache's memory handling means it always appears to be eating more and more memory - top's VIRT value is often high when using prefork.c (which I assume you are): PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND 10385 apache 15 0 376m 48m 3932 R 20.3 1.2 0:01.34 httpd 10423 apache 16 0 376m 46m 4576 S 15.0 ...


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One of those is listening for IPv4 connections, one is listening for IPv6 connections: michael:~> netstat -tl |grep ssh tcp 0 0 *:ssh *:* LISTEN tcp 0 0 *:ssh *:* LISTEN michael:~> netstat -tln |grep 22 tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:22 ...


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One thing you're missing. The cost of the reserved instances does not include usage. It does get you a reduced rate on usage of $0.03 per hour for Linux/Unix usage and $0.05 per hour Windows usage. (source: http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/#pricing) Since you seem to be standardizing on cost per month, you're looking at about $22/month for 24/7 usage.


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To install the VSFTP server on Ubuntu sudo apt-get install vsftpd Once you've got it installed you'll need to tweek the configuration, edit /etc/vsftpd.conf Disable anonymous logins find the anonymous_enable directive and make it anonymous_enable=NO Enable local accounts to login set the local_enable directive to local_enable=YES Allow writes by ...


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The problem was that both Linodes require the private IP address to be installed. Having only one ruptured the space-time continuum and disturbed life as we know it.


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Entirely depends...it's subjective. How fast a learner are you? How much is there to configure? How much custom work do you need done? You have limited Linux knowledge, but how much do you know? How much help do you have available? Could take an hour. Could take a couple days. There is no way to answer this...


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You can point as many domains as you like to a single IP address; the VPS has nothing to do with this unless you want SSL.


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NFS via the private linode network. Simple, easy to set up, no fuss.


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What is interesting about this question is the fact that InnoDB in MySQL 5.0 is single-threaded. There are new options in MySQL 5.1.38's InnoDB Plugin, MySQL 5.5 and Percona's XtraDB that actually has settings for making InnoDB use more CPUs. I wrote about this in the DBA StackExchange: http://dba.stackexchange.com/a/2948/877 ...


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Just in case anyone stumbles upon this.... I had an issue where it was really slow to upload from an ec2 instance to an s3 bucket, turned out to be really simple, the region of the bucket! I was using ec2 instances in north california, when the bucket was created as us standard it was really slow to transfer, with the bucket set to north california it was ...


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apt can't upgrade what it didn't install. You would run into the same problem if you downloaded PHP directly from php.net and compiled it yourself... apt still wouldn't upgrade it for you. You can either use the upgrade path that Linode StackScripts provide. (I wasn't able to find one by browsing their website.) or you can uninstall the StackScripts ...


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In my opinion, I would continue running the latest 2.6.x kernel. It's been out for a long time, has been and is widely deployed and tested, and your vendor will likely be providing patches for some time. In my opinion, 3.0 is just too new to put out on real production systems. (I'm talking money generating systems here, not a server that runs a personal ...


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If you need a stable version of the Linux kernel then you should be using one of the stable releases. In the 2.6 series these had a fourth version number. In the 3.0 series it is the third version number. Better yet is to let a major distribution do this for you. Redhat Enterprise (and clones like CentOS and Scientific Linux), Ubuntu Server, SUSE or Debian ...


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Linode pools your quota: While we’ve had network transfer/bandwidth pooling in our internal accounting for some time, it’s never been displayed in the Linode Manager — until now. At the bottom of the main Linodes tab, you’ll now see a new section that displays the cumulative network transfer quotas for all your Linodes for this month, ...



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