Choosing an OS: CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, FreeBSD, CoreOS, or Windows Server
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Choosing an OS: CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, FreeBSD, CoreOS, or Windows Server

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This article provides a brief synopsis of the server operating systems offered as templates on Vultr.

CentOS

CentOS is an open-source version of RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux). Created in 2004, CentOS is used widely in the hosting industry. Benefits include:

Trade-offs include:

CoreOS

CoreOS (Container Linux) is an operating system geared towards more advanced users comfortable managing a container environment. Benefits include:

Trade-offs include:

Fedora

Fedora is a cutting edge Linux distribution. It is part of the CentOS and RHEL family. The main goals of the distribution include:

FreeBSD

FreeBSD is a flavor of BSD, which is a version of UNIX developed at the University of California, Berkeley. It is reliable, stable and has been updated for over 20 years. Benefits include:

Trade-offs include:

OpenBSD

OpenBSD is a UNIX-like operating system with a strong focus on security and cryptography. Benefits include:

Trade-offs include:

Ubuntu

Ubuntu is recognized for its stability and its large list of features. Benefits include:

The regular updates and additional packages bundled into the installation create several trade-offs. These include:

Windows Server

Windows Server is the server edition of the popular desktop operating system created by Microsoft. It is a closed-source operating system which requires license management. Vultr deployments handle license management automatically. Benefits include:

Trade-offs include:

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