At Nemein we do maintenance for quite a few servers of our customers. While some customers have their own Linux distribution preference - usually RHEL - in most cases we have a say what distribution runs their servers. So far this has been debian, but now we're going for Ubuntu Server.
The reasons for this are quite simple:
- Ubuntu follows the same synchronized release model as Midgard does, offering a predictable upgrade schedule
- In many cases the stable Ubuntu version has newer PHP and GNOME packages than debian stable. As these are Midgard dependencies this makes our life easier
- Ubuntu is one of the distributions supported by the openSUSE Build Service
- Ubuntu is still basically the same familiar rock solid platform that debian is