The software you run on your VPS depends on the Linux distribution you prefer. We offer two Red Hat-based distros and two Debian-based options.
Which is the right distro for you?
Want to have Java hosting? We can install a recent JDK on any of our distros, as well as the latest Tomcat Servlet engine or JBoss J2EE server. Just mention that when you order.
Looking for a stable, proven distro? Choose Debian, Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) or Centos.
Looking for the latest versions of software and don't mind upgrading frequently? Choose the latest Ubuntu distro.
Unsure what you need? Choose our current default. Or tell us what you need and we'll send you a recommendation.
For more information about each of the distros, read on...
We typically recommend 64-bit distributions on dedicated servers, since dedicated server memory allocations are typically >4GB.
VPSs typically have less memory, so we would recommend a 32-bit distribution unless you anticipate allocating more than, say, 3GB to your VPS.
CentOS 6 was released July 10th 2011, roughly six months after the upstream provider, Red Hat, released the sixth version of it's popular enterprise class Linux distribution. Red Hat do not warrant or directly support the CentOS-based distros we offer. CentOS offers a high quality distribution which is binary compatible to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, this means you can reasonably expect that a RPM package built for a particular version of RHEL will work on the same version of CentOS. The main changes that are made in CentOS are to remove Red Hat's trademarked material.
CentOS releases follow the same long life cycle that Red Hat supports. Choose CentOS if you want a popular enterprise distribution that is stable, widely supported, has recent RPMs and will get updates to fix bugs and security issues for the next several years. However, it will not have the latest and greatest software versions, instead providing proven stable versions.
Debian is a highly regarded distro. And is the most commonly used distro among the Linux 'elite'. It has powerful system administration tools, but it can be a bit intimidating for new users. Debian has stable, unstable and testing repositories. So you can choose to run a 'stable' box or one with the latest versions of software.
We offer Debian Wheezy (7.0) which was released as stable May 2013 and Squeeze (6.0), released in 2011.
Ubuntu is is based on Debian. It will feel very similar to a Debian server. It puts out regular releases every six months (cf. Debian every 1-5 years). So it should generally have newer package versions than Debian.
Ubuntu have committed to producing security updates for each new release for 18 months after that release.
Ubuntu also make LTS (long term support) releases. These releases receive errata updates for up to 5 years. So these releases are good if you do not wish to do frequent, major distro upgrades.
We offer 10.04 (Lucid, LTS version) and 12.04 (Precise, LTS version).
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