[arch-general] Arch Linux on servers?
chetw at zuzax.com
Tue Jul 9 11:16:15 EDT 2013
On 07/09/13 06:13, M Saunders wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm writing a feature about Arch for Linux Format, a UK-based
> newsstand Linux magazine. I've been using Arch myself for a while for
> testing new app releases, and it's brilliant for that purpose.
> I'm still left wondering though: who uses it on production servers? I
> mean, the distro's overall simplicity and trimmed-down base
> installation are plus points here, but surely a rolling release poses
> problems. After installation you just want security and critical bug
> fix updates for software, and not major version bumps, right?
> www.archserver.org seems to be on hold, and I've also seen this page:
> which has some useful tips. But it'd be interesting to hear from
> people running Arch on production servers, how well it works for them
> and what (if any) problems they've faced.
I run two production Arch server boxes. I update them each about twice a
month unless I hear about a vulnerability in a critical internet facing
component on the system (WordPress, etc).
I just make sure to do it on Fridays and Saturdays. If something goes
wrong, it can often take a little more time to back out than a
traditional distribution. As a security professional, I appreciate
always being up to date and having more detailed control over exactly
what code is on my system. I have massively reduced my exposure to flaws
in packages included by the distro that I never needed or even wanted.
Get Linux? Get Arch Linux. Not so sure about Linux? Call Rackspace.
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