10 Best Linux Server Distributions of 2018

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Aaron Kili

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21 Responses

  1. Jade Bryan says:

    Most of these arent server editions. Yes, they could be used as servers but no one in their right mind in an enterprise environment would actually use them as servers. There are more server editions out there but not mentioned. I think the author of this was just lazy.

  2. H4k3r says:

    So, I read the article referenced on serverwatch.com. No where does it reference where it got it’s “facts” or “statistics” so I’m not certain why you are arguing the legitimacy of the list at all.

    At any rate, I work for a large MSP that uses RHEL strictly for it managed Linux offering, but offers CentOS for it’s self-serve option in addition to RHEL. In addition to that, most Linux jobs available in my area look for Red Hat experience over any other Linux.

    While I’m sure that there are a lot of Ubuntu Server based systems in the wild, I’m willing to bet there is more RedHat based code in the wild than DebUntu based code, on the server level.

    This of course, discounts Ubuntu based Docker projects. I’d be willing to bed Ubuntu code is the base of a majority of Docker based infrastructure (if not Alpine Linux).

    • Aaron Kili says:


      According to the same referenced article, the research was actually done by serverwatch.com, however, though we do not know the details of it all. But basing on the fact that they watch server usage out there, we can bank on the list they provided.

      Many thanks for the feedback, and for sharing this useful information.

  3. Rances says:

    Ubuntu and Debian?, I think that those distros are not for servers and because have many problems of stability and a little monster called systemd. Slackware have a resolutions of dependencies through slpkg.

    • Aaron Kili says:


      Sure, but it is no the case out there. Debian is actually considered more stable than many other distributions out there, and Ubuntu though not considered stable, it is very efficient thus popular for powering clouds.

  4. Nathan says:

    Very superficial article. Nothing of a server traits discussed. Since many distros can also be used as server,entirely customizable as per user capabilities, the author has dished out an ordinary article.

    Even dedicated server distros like univention which seeks to tackle Microsoft AD, or a medium distro like Zentyal do not find a place. Will Tecmint people even conduct a primary review of any article published from its site?

    • Aaron Kili says:


      The dedicated server distros such as univention and Zentyal you are talking about are not so popular out there, however good you think they may be. This list was originally provided by serverwatch.com, a trusted and leading site in providing information exclusively regarding servers. They keep an eye on usage statistics and do related research about server software out there, which we at TecMint may not be capable of doing.

      In this article, we have explained the features of each Linux server distros that has emerged in the top 10; we tried to describe things that could have made each distro appear in its respective position.

      Thanks for sharing your concern, and for following us.

  5. fulgor says:

    It could be great to build an arch derivate distro with a list of packages and an installer GUI

  6. Gerard says:

    Mint is probably more popular then Ubuntu.

  7. Virneto says:

    Really dont understand Ubuntu at First place..
    My perception would put Debian and CentOs at top.

    • Aaron Kili says:


      Yes, that is according to your perception, however, what is unfolding out there is much more different. Ubuntu is at the top, in the of Linux server distributions for this year.

  8. Neeraj Prem says:

    Univention Corporate Server, could be included.

  9. Mauricio López says:

    Ubuntu in the first place of a top 10 server distros? RHEL based on Fedora? WTF am I reading!!?? What were you smoking when you wrote this? ⊙_⊙

    • Aaron Kili says:


      Yes Ubuntu in the first place of top 10 Linux server distros, this is not according to our own imaginations but proven statistics out there. You can find out more from serverwatch.com.

      And secondly, according to information posted on the RHEL website about the relationship between Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux:

      “Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship that ensures rapid innovation. Fedora benefits from the sponsorship and feedback from Red Hat. In turn, Red Hat can bring leading-edge innovation to the broader community for collaboration, enabling a rapid maturation of the technology.”

      So logically RHEL is based on innovations from Fedora, which acts as a software development and testing bed. I hope this will drive the point home.

      • Mauricio López says:

        There is no official statistics about Linux distros use, just opinions or charts based on convenience. I think RHEL based distros lead the serious server world.
        Anyway, about the base distro of RHEL, saying that is based on Fedora is like saying Debian stable is based on unstable. Ubuntu is based on Debian, but Fedora is where Red Hat tests bleeding edge software, not a base distribution.

    • shiba87 says:

      I thought exactly the same ¿^^

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