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    Hello,

    I am getting ready to get another dedicated linux server running which I paln to install Zimbra. Which operating system out of the following options would you choose to support Zimbra and why? ( Zimbra Collaboration Suite - Open Source Edition 7.0 64 bit)

    Red Hat Enterprise 5
    Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
    Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10

    Please let me know your thoughts on the subject.

    Thanks!

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    These choices often come down to personal preference much like deciding what hamburger to eat. That said I would not use Ubuntu, I have a dislike for the distro in general and can't fathom why anyone would run it in a production server environment (again that's my personal slant, milage will vary).

    I like SUSE distro's but they have too much baggage for a production server environment so I would be leaning towards RHEL as it will have the most vendor support from storage HBA's to software like Zimbra. (use CentOS if a lack of official support doesn't phase you)

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    Here's my line up.

    If I had the money , RHEL
    If I had the time, CentOS
    If I'm not in the mood to fool with the OS and I want to get up and running fast, Ubuntu 10 LTS
    SuSE, forget it

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    Quote Originally Posted by arkitektron View Post
    Hello,

    I am getting ready to get another dedicated linux server running which I paln to install Zimbra. Which operating system out of the following options would you choose to support Zimbra and why? ( Zimbra Collaboration Suite - Open Source Edition 7.0 64 bit)

    Red Hat Enterprise 5
    Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
    Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10

    Please let me know your thoughts on the subject.

    Thanks!
    If I were you I'd wait for the CentOS 6 build to arrive and use that, you'll find a 64bit version of Zimbra 7 in the 'beta' section of the downloads page. It's beta only because RHEL6 is a new platform, Zimbra runs fine on that and I'm currently using it without problems (on Oracle UL 6) - that will save you having to move to the new version late later. If you're uncomfortable with that then CentOS5 is a perfectly good platform, use that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spectra View Post
    Here's my line up.

    If I had the money , RHEL
    If I had the time, CentOS
    If I'm not in the mood to fool with the OS and I want to get up and running fast, Ubuntu 10 LTS
    SuSE, forget it
    I agree.......

    Anyways, I use Ubuntu, 'cause I am much familier with debian like distros then others.

    Dipesh

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix View Post
    If I were you I'd wait for the CentOS 6 build to arrive and use that, you'll find a 64bit version of Zimbra 7 in the 'beta' section of the downloads page. It's beta only because RHEL6 is a new platform, Zimbra runs fine on that and I'm currently using it without problems (on Oracle UL 6) - that will save you having to move to the new version late later. If you're uncomfortable with that then CentOS5 is a perfectly good platform, use that.
    I don't see any download available for CentOS for Zimbra 7 Open Source edition. I am thinking Ubuntu 10? Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by langs View Post
    These choices often come down to personal preference much like deciding what hamburger to eat. That said I would not use Ubuntu, I have a dislike for the distro in general and can't fathom why anyone would run it in a production server environment (again that's my personal slant, milage will vary).
    When you are a Debian shop, and the software you want to use is supported by Ubuntu and not Debian, then you use Ubuntu.

    Which, is exactly the case with Zimbra, unfortunately.

    I would be leaning towards RHEL as it will have the most vendor support from storage HBA's to software like Zimbra. (use CentOS if a lack of official support doesn't phase you)
    Ugh, we stopped using RedHat-based OSes 5+ years ago, when RHAS 2 was top-of-the-line. Compared to a Debian install, RedHat is just painful to use.

    However, like you said, it all comes down to personal choice. Which is why it's nice that at least 1 distro for of each major package formats / configuration tools (RPM, DPK, YAST) is supported.
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    I really wish debian was supported and not ubuntu, if it was hand's down it would be debian I'd be using. I just can't come at ubuntu, but I know well the reasons why Zimbra supports it.

    I too am glad that there are options from all the major distro camps... when CentOS 6 is released I will finally upgrade our mail environment from CentOS 4.

    I don't see any download available for CentOS for Zimbra 7 Open Source edition.
    Just use the Redhat releases, they work perfectly for CentOS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by langs View Post
    I really wish debian was supported and not ubuntu, if it was hand's down it would be debian I'd be using. I just can't come at ubuntu, but I know well the reasons why Zimbra supports it.
    I know Debian 5's been EOLed post 7 with Zimbra (which is maddening) but I'm using that with the community edition. Just got it working last night. I'd use Ubuntu, but Ubuntu doesn't play nicely with Xen anymore. So I guess if Debian 6 doesn't end up on Zimbra's roadmap, I'll be stuck at 7 for the foreseeable future.

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    debian6 is already on the roadmap.
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