Which one of the following distributions are better for VPS hosting (with pro/cons):

  1. Ubuntu 8.04
  2. Fedora 8
  3. CentOS 5

I'm mostly looking for low resource usage (CPU & RAM) and easier management. Additionally I'm looking to run Java/Jetty on it.

  • Cent OS has a long release cycle and is pretty much the same as RHEL. The others are more targeted at the desktop. Either way this should probably be on serverfault.
    – Novikov
    Dec 1, 2010 at 20:40
  • I use Ubuntu 10.10 and I find its pretty low for memory usage. I would imagine all popular distributions of Linux use the same amount of resources. Dec 1, 2010 at 20:48
  • Fedora 10 is also good, but Fedora 14 is the latest. Dec 1, 2010 at 20:49
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    – KevinDTimm
    Dec 1, 2010 at 20:50
  • ubuntu 8.04 is pretty old. 10.04 is an LTS, why not go with that?
    – Falmarri
    Dec 1, 2010 at 20:51

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Among the ones listed CentOS 5 is the only server distribution, other two are meant for desktops. Also Ubuntu 8.04 and Fedora 8 are not latest versions of Ubuntu or Fedora. Go for Cent OS 5 or preferably 5.5 for VPS.

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