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Debian 7 or 8 on 512MB RAM

Postby aliweb » 2017-08-04 11:23

Hi,

I have a VPS with 512MB RAM on which I plan on hosting a website. Right now I am using Debian 7 x86 (instead of CentOS) as I want to keep RAM usage to minimum. Because later I will be installing nginx and MySQL so I want my site to perform better as much as possible.

I have the option to install Debian 8, shall I go for it? Do you think there are advantages of using Debian 8 instead of 7 like some improved security and memory management etc.?

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Re: Debian 7 or 8 on 512MB RAM

Postby acewiza » 2017-08-04 17:17

9, number 9...
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Re: Debian 7 or 8 on 512MB RAM

Postby aliweb » 2017-08-04 18:08

acewiza wrote:9, number 9...
-Lennon/McCartney "Revolution 9"


Debian 9 is not available for install.
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Re: Debian 7 or 8 on 512MB RAM

Postby dasein » 2017-08-04 18:28

aliweb wrote:I have the option to install Debian 8, shall I go for it?

Yes.

aliweb wrote: Do you think there are advantages of using Debian 8 instead of 7 like some improved security and memory management etc.?

It isn't a question of "think." Debian 7 (Wheezy) goes EOL in 9 months and will not longer receive security updates.

tl;dr: You'll have to install 8 either now or a few months from now. Unless you have some odd emotional attachment to doing extra work for no particular reason, your choice is clear.
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Re: Debian 7 or 8 on 512MB RAM

Postby GarryRicketson » 2017-08-04 19:04

I am using Debian 7 on one server. (but not VPN) It works fine.
dasein> It isn't a question of "think." Debian 7 (Wheezy) goes EOL in 9 months and will not longer receive security updates.

I have all ready
started another server, in preparation for when the Debian 7 support runs out.

Post by aliweb »Debian 9 is not available for install.

Yes it is available:
https://www.debian.org/distrib/

dasein>>tl;dr: You'll have to install 8 either now or a few months from now.

Not really, you can also install a different OS, to a server , it does not have to be
Debian 8 or 9, or even Debian, but that is up to you to decide.

My server is for the birds :mrgreen:
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Re: Debian 7 or 8 on 512MB RAM

Postby Wheelerof4te » 2017-08-04 19:32

If it's for a server only, you might wanna consider FreeBSD too. I for one would love to try it one day. As Garry mentioned, you are not tied to only one distro.
EDIT: Just saw Gary is using OpenBSD :) It is a hardened version of FreeBSD.
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Re: Debian 7 or 8 on 512MB RAM

Postby aliweb » 2017-08-04 20:12

Wheelerof4te wrote:If it's for a server only, you might wanna consider FreeBSD too. I for one would love to try it one day. As Garry mentioned, you are not tied to only one distro.
EDIT: Just saw Gary is using OpenBSD :) It is a hardened version of FreeBSD.


FreeBSD is what I originally planned but this hosting provider doesn't has FreeBSD in list of OS install. Although you can install your own OS but I have never used Linux/Unix before so I am a bit skeptical.
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Re: Debian 7 or 8 on 512MB RAM

Postby Wheelerof4te » 2017-08-04 20:18

I heard they have good documentation. Check out their handbook:
https://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO88 ... /handbook/

Other than that, your best bet at server distros are CentOS (since RedHat is not free) or Debian.
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Re: Debian 7 or 8 on 512MB RAM

Postby GarryRicketson » 2017-08-05 01:35

Anyway, if you are set on using Debian, I agree with Dasein, it would be better to use Debian 8, which is all ready "old stable", if you stay with Debian 7 you will need to do something in 8 or 9 months, with Debian 8 you will have the security support for a few
years.
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Re: Debian 7 or 8 on 512MB RAM

Postby lbuiyzxl » 2017-08-05 09:40

Do you think there are advantages of using Debian 8 instead of 7 like some improved security and memory management etc.?

I believe 8 is more memory management improved than 7.
Such as zram,zswap,etc(but I don't know more).
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Re: Debian 7 or 8 on 512MB RAM

Postby NoobProgrammer » 2017-08-06 03:20

If you want to do Linux severs, I'd recommend Gentoo.
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Re: Debian 7 or 8 on 512MB RAM

Postby None1975 » 2017-08-07 14:50

NoobProgrammer wrote:If you want to do Linux severs, I'd recommend Gentoo.

Man, you kidding?
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Re: Debian 7 or 8 on 512MB RAM

Postby RU55EL » 2017-08-07 21:17

Hey, while Gentoo is not the easiest OS to install, it is very configurable - meaning that you could build the OS with what you need and just what you need. A good thing if you only have 512MB RAM, and lots of spare time to configure the build.
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Re: Debian 7 or 8 on 512MB RAM

Postby vbrummond » 2017-08-07 22:25

Since Debian 6 era, Linux has peaked in ram usage. You might as well use the latest. Your ram usage is all workload dependent.
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Re: Debian 7 or 8 on 512MB RAM

Postby debiman » 2017-08-08 05:52

well your choice is clear (debian 8 aka jessie), but just a comment:
if you install debian without a graphical desktop (as it should be on a server), i don't think it makes a lot of difference which version you install.
also remember to use nginx instead of apache, it's much easier on resources.
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