You know that Linux is a hot data center server. You know it can save you money in licensing and maintenance costs. But that still leaves the question of what your best options are for Linux as a server operating system. The Top 10 Linux server operating system distros ranked by ease of use, cost, available support and data center reliability. We've researched, crunched the numbers and put dozens of Linux distros through their paces to compile our latest list of the top ten Linux server distributions (aka "Linux server distros") — some of which you may not be aware. The following characteristics, in no particular order, qualified a Linux server distro for inclusion in this list: ease of installation and use, cost, available commercial support and data center reliability. Without further ado, here are the top 10 Linux server operating systems for 2015.
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The Top 10 Linux server operating system distros ranked by ease of use, cost, available support and data center reliability.
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