5 top Linux server distros: How to choose the right one

More and more networking pros need to familiarize themselves with Linux because the operating system underpins so many enterprise tools and platforms including software-defined networking and SD-WANs, cloud networking, network automation, and configuration management.

And in the decades since it was first introduced, the number of distributions of Linux has blossomed as developers create versions that meet the needs of specific interest groups. While all the versions share a common core, they each have distinguishing characteristic suited to designated purposes.

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This article takes a look at five of them – Debian, Fedora, CentOS, RHEL, and Ubuntu – how to acquire and install them, and an assessment of what they might best be suited for.

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Source:: Network World – Linux