Ubuntu Linux, A Great Server OS
July 05, 2019

Ubuntu Linux, A Great Server OS

Christian Shaheen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Ubuntu Linux

We use Ubuntu for a number of tasks. Currently, we used it to run BIND DNS servers, Unified controllers, network monitoring, and our web file-box system. Previously we have also used it for wikis, hosting websites, and VPN servers. Since it is a well established and maintained distro of Linux, there doesn't seem to be an end to the services that could be run on top of it. It is based on Debian which is my preferred sub-system.
  • Package management
  • Compatibility
  • Customization
  • Quality of updates
  • Ease of use
  • Learning curve
  • Bringing monitoring in-house and eliminating our monitoring service.
  • Providing services to clients free of cost to us.
  • Higher maintenance times due to more frequent updates.
If I had to pick one server OS to use forever it would be Windows but I'm glad I don't have to do that because these are both great OSes. Ubuntu has many strengths such as being free, it's package management system, and its ability to seemingly run forever if left untouched. Windows, on the other hand, does many things that Ubuntu has struggled with for years such as a quality user interface, simple file server services, simple file management, and, of course, compatibility.
Ubuntu Linux is well suited for any set-and-forget systems. It is easy to update (given a snapshot option) and has lots of good information/documentation online. I go straight to Ubuntu for just about any server application it has a package for. I still use and recommend Windows for file servers and desktops/general purpose machines. Ubuntu is also great in a budget situation. Since Ubuntu is based on Linux and is open sourced, the team maintain it doesn't charge licensing fees.