Why Gentoo Shouldn't be on your Linux server

Posted on in Categories Gentoo Linux, Linux, Linux distribution, News last updated January 29, 2007

This blog post has some valid points:
I firmly believe in updating server software only when you need to. If you don’t need new features, and things are working, why change anything? If you update anything you will undoubtedly need to update configuration files. You will need to fix things that break in the upgrade process… This is hard with Gentoo. Gentoo wants you to change a lot of stuff. It wants to be bleeding edge.

I agree 100% with author. I always use and recommend RHEL or Debian Linux for production server. Other choice includes FreeBSD or OpenBSD.

What do you think? Do you run Gentoo on a production box?

Don’t forget to visit Gentoo forum for more views. (via /.)

Update: Check out this post by Josh – Why Gentoo is a Great Server Distribution (a Rebuttal)
PS: Someone is looking for Gentoo Admin .

Posted by: Vivek Gite

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  1. I use Gentoo in production(3 years now), and have had up to a couple hundred servers running in dev/qa/staging/prod scenario’s. I would say Gentoo as an OS is rather stable and can* be bleeding edge, but you can and should tailor your environment to not take these “potentially dangerous” updates, if you need to be in a “stable” state.

    At the end of the day, Gentoo is better suited for advanced “admin” type power users who do not need or benefit from dozens of utilities/wizards to do mostly simple tasks.

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