Lifetime of Linux distributions to use in your servers
There are many Linux distributions to be used in your desktops or servers. If you use a Linux distribution installed on your personal computer or laptop, for example, a great idea is to update it to the latest version to see the new interface, add more features in some applications or simply to maintain it up-to-date.
But for your servers you generally don’t need new features every day, month, and in some cases, years. So use a distribution for which you don’t need to make an upgrade every six months, one or two years. This choice can be a great idea.
Below there is a table to show you how many years a distribution is supported by its developers by supplying updates and commercial/community support.
- CentOS – up to 10 years
- Redhat – up to 10 years
- Ubuntu Server LTS – 5 years
- Debian – between 3 and 4 years
- Suse Enterprise Linux – up to 10 years
- Scientific Linux – Scientific Linux CERN 6 Lifetime may be actually shorter than RHEL6 one, subject to Linux Certification Committee decision
In my servers, I’m using Ubuntu LTS because my laptop is running Ubuntu Desktop too. It’s easier to test new software, configurations and bugs corrections to then make a deploy in an homologation or production server.