Best Os to run bukkit servers?

Discussion in 'Bukkit Discussion' started by arweth, Nov 3, 2012.


What OS do you run Bukkit on?

  1. Windows

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  2. Windows Server

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  3. Ubuntu

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  4. Fedora

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  5. Cent OS

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    I currently run bukkit on a dedicated server with the hardware:
    CPU: 2 Physical Processors Intel Xeon 3.0 GHZ (Single core CPU, 2 Threads) (Code Name: Nocona)
    RAM: 4GB Ram
    Disks: OS on 80GB RAID 0 config
    Bukkit on 140GB RAID 0 config​

    The current System runs on a Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter x64. The main reason I use that is I'm familiar with the windows os even though it can be a pain sometimes.

    I have read that running a form of linux can provide better performance for bukkit so I want to know what most people are running bukkit on and the reason why before I decide to make a move to another OS.
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    I run my server on Ubuntu Server 12.10, and haven't had any problems with it. I recommend it if you're willing to learn how to use the Linux Terminal. It may seem difficult at a glance, but it is pretty easy when you get used to it! :)
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    I personally use Linux Ubuntu (Not sure what version I'm running on). Only because Linux is so lightweight and uses little ram :)
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    Cool. Ubuntu Server is one of the top ones I've been considering. I've some experience with the console (Basic commands etc) and I've seen some of the admins posting about using it so might give it an attempt and see how it goes. Might try in a VM first want to avoid as much downtime as I can. :)
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    I prefer CentOS. 5/6 both work nicely.
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    CentOS 5.8 64-bit Minimal
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    arweth, if you want to use Ubuntu, look up some guides. They're relatively easy to follow, if the installs from terminal mess up etc just re-install Ubuntu it takes like 10-20 minutes which is fine if you made one little mistake :p

    That and if you do messup, you'l learn from your mistake :)
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    Can't go wrong with Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS 64 Bit.
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    Well it looks like I'll be giving Ubuntu an attempt. It's probably quite bad that I work with computers all the time (Server admin as well as programming and servicing / repair) but I just don't like the look of having to work on console for some reason but I guess its all preference and not learning it fully yet.
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    Sweet that looks interesting might give that a trial in a VM and go from there. Thanks for that
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    I use CentOS and it is great in my opinion.
  13. i think Windows Server but i think it doesn't matter which OS you use.
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    Using Debian, actually. Not sure about performance, but it was default :)
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    CentOS, Debian, or Windows Server. :p
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    Nathan C

    Basically any Linux OS will work great. Anything but Windows....

    Debian is great and IMO better than CentOS even.
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    >yfw anything works, even windows

    Just use what you like.
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    If you really don't care about RAM usage and CPU...
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    If you care about RAM/CPU that much, you should be using Arch Linux instead of Ubuntu/Cent.
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    True but you also do have massive performance improvements between using a linux os and Windows... I wouldn't even try testing the windows system on a VM just cause of the resources it uses.
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    I laughed when I saw Windows :D
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    Haha yea I know. When you're trained in something you tend to stick with it if you're using it as a production server, it saves the hassle of trying to find the source of a problem if you're not familiar with the OS.
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    Why not Debian 6?
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    Fedora FTW!
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    I doubt it makes much difference. I use WinXP currently and don't see the RAM/CPU issues people claim. Idling at the desktop, CPU usage is virtually 0, and RAM is about 125MB. That's not great but hardly a big deal. I'm sure I could get it closer to 100 if I cared, there are some unnecessary processes and services still running.
    Later versions of Windows would be more, and command line linux would be less, but I just don't see the difference being significant vs the amount of RAM you have installed for Bukkit.

    Maybe the linux implementation of Java is faster, but I'm skeptical of that. I do wonder if there have been any well controlled benchmarks of Bukkit under different systems, where each system is equally well prepared. Lacking that, I have to dismiss the speed issue as OS religion more than anything else.

    However, for a public server my preference would still be to serve Bukkit from a command-line install of CentOS. My reason for that isn't speed, but because I'm used to it and have had good experience with RedHat in server roles. I don't trust Windows in server applications very much. But I doubt the speed differs much either way. For somebody who is comfortable with Windows Server, I wouldn't tell you not to use it, it's probably just as good as long as it's the environment you work well with.

    MineOS looks interesting, I might try that sometime.

    I wouldn't touch Fedora, that's a beta testing distro with early exposure to new bugs and short-lived support. CentOS is the mature and longer supported version of the same thing, so it's more appropriate for a server.
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    I use Ubuntu. I was forced to use CentOS a long time ago but it was hacked, they deleted the boot loader and the whole server was wiped.
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    CentOS 5.8 FTW
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    I use centos with no issues
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    Never had an issue with Ubuntu. It's just my panel (Multicraft) thats a major CPU sucker. In honesty, Ubuntu server edition is probably the best.
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    Well I'll download CentOS and have a look at that when time allows seeing that most of you either run Ubuntu or CentOS I might as well see what both are like to use and then go from there.
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