Ubuntu Heads List of Top Linux Servers in the Enterprise

Ubuntu reigns


ServerWatch has published a list of the top 10 Linux server distributions for 2017, with Ubuntu at the top.

As the site said, that’s no new distinction for Ubuntu.

“At the top of almost every Linux-related list, the Debian-based Ubuntu is in a class by itself.”

ServerWatch said in its ranking report, published earlier this month. “Canonical’s Ubuntu surpasses all other Linux server distributions — from its simple installation to its excellent hardware discovery to its world-class commercial support, Ubuntu sets a strong standard that is hard to match.”

The complete top 10 list is:

  1. Ubuntu
  2. Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  3. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
  4. CentOS
  5. Debian
  6. Oracle Linux
  7. Mageia/Mandriva
  8. ClearOS
  9. Arch Linux
  10. Slackware

At the top of almost every Linux-related list, the Debian-based Ubuntu has surpassed all other Linux server distributions.  A simple installation to its excellent hardware discovery has made this a world class product.

The latest release of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 16.10  debuted in October 2016 and places all of the necessary support and management into one package.

The latest long-term support (LTS) Ubuntu release arrived in April 2016 as Ubuntu 16.04. The LTS versions are released every two years and include five years of commercial support for the Ubuntu Server edition.

Software packages to support development are on the way.

Baron Software has been using the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS to test out the latest Delphi Linux support, Godzilla.  This release will come out later this month but overall the testing has been on schedule.  The promise of Visual Studio 2017 will also have Linux Server support which will bring a lot of new software development to the world.  You can view either product specifications at Embarcadero or Microsoft web sites to gather additional information.

Ubuntu is a free Linux server as well as workstation software for all users.  Both versions come with a desktop visual management making it very simple but yet powerful to use.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said that the company is still hard at work perfecting its wearable, calling it a “big and fundamental platform for Google.”

So at this point while most normal people think it is a pretty cool idea, the cost and the support are next to non-existing.  Google earlier this year ended its Explorer program and stopped selling the original Glass. The project was moved out of Google’s research labs and transferred to a new unit that was under the watchful eye of Tony Fadell, who runs Google’s Nest connected home division.   “We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true,” Schmidt told the Journal. “Google is about taking risks, and there’s nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we’re ending it.”

In the WSJ article Schmidt indicates that Fadell will revamp the product line for the future market.  The real problem is that the Glass’s cost range between $1,000 to $2,000 even for developers which means if you cannot entice developers there will be no software.  This could be held true for the Apple Watch that is coming out later in April.

Just because these companies make the devices does not mean people will run to purchase them.  Various other software products (Microsoft Bob, Vista, Windows 8), hardware such as the Next or Digital Alpha machines proves that if the price is not right the product will not sell.