Ubuntu Heads List of Top Linux Servers in Enterprise Datacenters

ServerWatch has published a list of the top 10 Linux server distributions for 2017, with the ubiquitous Ubuntu at the top.

As the site said, that's no new distinction for Ubuntu.

"At the top of almost every Linux-related list, the Debian-based Ubuntu is in a class by itself," ServerWatch said in its ranking report, published earlier this month. "Canonical's Ubuntu surpasses all other Linux server distributions -- from its simple installation to its excellent hardware discovery to its world-class commercial support, Ubuntu sets a strong standard that is hard to match."

The complete top 10 list is:

  1. Ubuntu
  2. Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  3. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
  4. CentOS
  5. Debian
  6. Oracle Linux
  7. Mageia/Mandriva
  8. ClearOS
  9. Arch Linux
  10. Slackware

ServerWatch considered ease of installation and use, cost, available commercial support and datacenter reliability in formulating its ranking.

"You know that Linux is a hot datacenter server," the report said. "You know it can save you money in licensing and maintenance costs. But that still leaves the question of what your best options are for Linux as a server operating system.

"We've researched, crunched the numbers and put dozens of Linux distros through their paces to compile our latest list of the top 10 Linux server distributions (aka "Linux server distros") -- some of which you may not be aware."

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David Ramel is an editor and writer for 1105 Media.