shovenose, on 23 December 2011 - 04:11 AM, said:
I have a feeling this is going to turn into another mac os vs. windows vs. linux flamewar, but I'd seriously be interested to know what's best?
I saw this quote on another thread here:
It made me think... what is the best?
I use Bukkit, not the normal Miencraft Server, so I'm curious to know what is the best for hosting a minecraft server?
Right now I use Windows Server 2003 and I'm happy with it, just curious what I'm missing out on on another OS.
It's largely accepted that there is no 'best' OS. At least, not by simply saying 'best' and not using more descriptive qualifiers, such as 'which OS requires the least amount of configuration know-how to get working?' or 'which OS has the least amount of RAM overhead?' or 'which is actually a server OS?'
That is, any novice who has used Windows desktop his or her entire life will have no problem setting up a windows server running the minecraft server executable. Is it ideal? maybe not. But for somebody with no other knowledge in hosting and administration, running that .exe off their windows server's desktop succeeds at their needs.
When you consider RAM overheads that a GUI adds, many would point toward Linux, touting Ubuntu, CentOS, or Debian as 'the OS'--of course, when one lacks the patience and aptitude to handle command-line, the 'best OS' might instead become 'the worst OS'. Just like if somebody uses a particular distro, fails at one thing, then asserts 'WORST OS EVER'.
MacOSX, in the form that probably everybody has (which is it is their main computer), isn't a server platform. Not to say it can't host, like a windows desktop could, but it certainly couldn't be the best OS on account of it simply just not being tailored for server duties. Performance per megabyte, or by pretty much any other metric, OSX probably isn't going to be the best...unless one has no idea how to use windows or linux, and it is the most simple.
These threads (or more specifically, the voting part of this thread) is unlikely to be representative of the real 'best' OS just for these biases mentioned above, but all that aside, most people will answer 'what is the best OS'
with 'what OS did I have just the right amount of patience to stick with?'
Defakto227, on 23 December 2011 - 05:02 AM, said:
Operating systems are like religion. All good ideas. Everyone is right.
Seconded only if you include Scientology.