How Dapper is Drake? - page 5
Why So Pupular?
Ubuntu's server edition comes with two "server" kernels,
linux-image-server-bigiron, though my attempts to select the bigiron kernel failed, which is for systems with 8 CPUs or more. What makes them server kernels? According to the exasperatingly scanty documentation, they are "tuned differently than the desktop kernels (providing better performance for server applications)." I suppose a person who really wanted to know the difference could install them, then examine the
/boot/config-* file. I think some nice detailed release notes explaining what's different in these kernels would be lovely.
Lighting the LAMP
I don't know if I have a special blind spot when it comes to Ubuntu, even though I use it daily, but when it comes to finding Ubuntu-specific documentation it drives me bats. It seems chaotic and incomplete. I think the Ubuntu team have the right idea--make polished distributions with easy, sensible defaults, and that are still completely customizable like any Linux. Adding sane, complete, easy-to-search documentation is something that will really set Ubuntu apart.
Do You Trust Ubuntu On Your Servers?
This is a good question. Ubuntu uses up-to-date packages, instead of moldy old goo like Debian Stable or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Presumably this incurs increased security and stability risks. I have no problem with recommending it for LAN servers and low- to -medium important Internet-facing servers. Pay attention to your border and application security, and keep your systems updated as wise admins always do. Most importantly, remember that ease-of-use does not mean it's OK to be ignorant.
This article first appeared on Enterprise Networking Planet, a JupiterWeb site.