by oneafrikan on December 1, 2006
We’re in the process of sharpening up our infrastructure so that we can be more efficient, and at the moment it seems that having a local Linux box is actually going to be a good thing as opposed to always working off a dev server somewhere on the internet. When things are fluid and dynamic, it’s always good to have something you can tinker with locally, rather than always having to login to control panel, ssh in, ftp in, or whatever…
So, we’re looking at the different linux distros, and being African and fanatical about Ubuntu (we wish all our clients knew what Ubuntu was however) we’re obviously keen to use it as the local linux box.
That said, we’ve got a Mediatemple Dedicated Virtual server which is our live environment, so it makes sense to use a local linux flavour which will in as much as possible look and behave the same was as the (mt) box will.
Now, we know that (mt) runs Red Hat Enterprise with the following stack (last I checked):
* Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS release 3 (Taroon Update 1)
* PSA (Plesk) – v7.1.5
* Apache – v2.0.46
* PHP – v4.3.2
* GD – 2.0.12
* MySQL – v3.23.58
* Perl – v5.8.0
* Python – v2.2.3
* Spam Assassin – v2.63
* Horde – v2.2.5
* Bind – v9.2.2
* Qmail – v1.03
On top of that, we use a combination of linux, mac and windows machines here, so being able to work directly with files through a SMB share on the local linux box is an absolute must (which is where we get our productivity and efficiency gains) – easiness to do this would probably be a factor then I guess.
So I guess the question is whether Ubuntu is the best choice, the right choice, an OK choice, or just plain wrong; and not being the *nix guru I would like to be, I’m not sure of the answers… Hence the blog post ;-)
Can anyone offer any comments / help / experience / suggestions at all? ;-)