Which Linux Distribution Would You Choose For A Python-based WebApp Server?

March 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

I’ve got to make a decision on a Linux Distribution to use when setting up some new machines to be Python Web Application servers. The question isn’t the Python part — that’s a given because I actively want to explore that. The question is what is a good platform for basing a new server off of?

In theory, if the Python experiment part works out, I’m really looking for stability of the platform. Meaning that I’d like there to be security updates for a period of years. While it would be great if these included the Python stack, I don’t really expect anyone to be focusing on that in a Linux distribution. (If anyone knows of some distribution trying to do that, please let me know.) I’m more interested in making sure the kernel, file system, Apache, database, etc. stay updated and secure.

My list of usual suspects includes: CentOS (RedHat), Debian or its Ubuntu derivative, and possibly openSUSE. Basically, distributions that promise a long support lifetime. However, none of these particularly stand out to me right now for one reason or another. I’ll have to spend a bit of time researching these and other distributions. I’ll start my research at http://distrowatch.com/ since they not only list a bunch of distributions, but also provide a brief description, and most importantly list the main packages that are in each distribution’s various releases.

Tags: Development · IT/Network

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