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Finding the virtual private server hosting service which will meet your needs can be a daunting task – which is why we have put together some comparisons to help you decide whether CleoHost is the right provider for you.

As you compare plans, please keep in mind that CleoHost offers you the option to upgrade your virtual private server and switch your operating system at any time. There are never any hidden fees with our service, and you can try out a different Linux distribution as quickly and easily as rebooting your server once you’ve become a CleoHost customer.

Check back later for more detailed comparisons between VPS hosting plans and Linux distributions (we can’t say which will win your heart in the long run, but we’ll be matching Debian vs. Ubuntu, CentOS vs. Fedora, and Gentoo vs. Slackware).


Basic Info
Year Released: 2004 2003 1993 2003 2002 1993
Based On: Debian Red Hat (none) RHEL (none) SLS
Novice Learning Curve: Gradual Moderate Steep Moderate Very Steep Very Steep
Number of Packages: > 23,000 ~ 8,000 > 26,000 ~ 1,500 > 12,000 ~ 550
OS Templates
OpenVZ Platform: Available Available Available Available Available Available
Xen Platform: Available Available Available Available Available Not Available
LAMP: Available Available Available Available Not Available Not Available
Ruby on Rails: Available Available Available Available Not Available Not Available
While LAMP VPS Options and RoR VPS OS templates are not offered for Gentoo or Slackware you will always have the ability to manually configure your virtual private server with these popular development frameworks as needed.
WHM / cPanel: Not Available Available Not Available Available Not Available Not Available


Ubuntu VPS Hosting

Ubuntu’s vast user community and continual development have made it a primary contender on the Linux desktop scene – Ubuntu VPS hosting is also an ideal candidate for maintaining a VNC remote desktop.

As a web hosting solution, Ubuntu has also proven itself to be popular and robust. Built upon the Debian distribution’s package management system and “secure by default” philosophy, Ubuntu shares Debian’s reputation for stable installations and reliability (along with a reputation of its own for ease of use and support from its community).

CleoHost offers several recent versions of Ubuntu (including preconfigured LAMP and Ruby on Rails templates). Some versions of Ubuntu have been selected as LTS releases – these versions will be maintained with security updates by the Ubuntu developer community (and included at CleoHost) for years to come.


Fedora VPS Hosting

Fedora is an open, innovative, forward looking operating system and platform, based on Linux, that is always free for anyone to use, modify and distribute, now and forever. It is developed by a large community of people who strive to provide and maintain the very best in free, open source software and standards. The Fedora Project is managed and directed by the Fedora Foundation and sponsored by Red Hat.

The operating system is Fedora Core. It comes out twice a year or so it’s the best combination of robust and cutting-edge that exists in the free software world.

Package Management

The yum utility requires no configuration, and you may add or remove software from Core or Extras as soon as the Fedora installation is complete. You may add a new package source by copying a simple text file into a directory, or by installing an RPM that does it for you. Package operations safely abort if dependencies cannot be met. By default, yum requires all packages to pass a digital signature test before they may install to your system.


Debian VPS Hosting

Debian has maintained a strong record for security and stability from its initial release in 1993 – a credit to the skilled and highly-organized development community behind the Debian Project (which should also be credited for its contributions to the development of the many Debian-based distributions, including Ubuntu and its variants).

As one might expect from a distribution with its reputation, Debian is a very popular flavor of Linux among system administrators and developers.

If you are comfortable at a command line and appreciate the power of an operating system which caters to the wants and needs of a security-conscious administrator, there’s a good chance that you’re already a Debian user.

You’re ready to apt-get – why wait? Sign up for Debian VPS hosting with a default installation, or choose from our pre-configured LAMP and Ruby on Rails templates.


CentOS VPS Hosting

CentOS stands for Community ENTerprise Operating System, which is a subtle reference to the fact that the CentOS source code is derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). RHEL is a commercial product, however, because it contains open source code licensed under the GPL, the source code is made freely available for use by the CentOS development community.

Commercial development has a positive effect on the stability of CentOS and the speed with which updates are applied. Enterprise-grade stability and security have helped to make CentOS one of the preferred Linux variants for many industries – and, in particular, the web hosting and web hosting reseller industries.

It is very common for CentOS to form the backbone of a WHM / cPanel web hosting reseller’s offerings.


Gentoo VPS Hosting

Gentoo is a very special flavor of UNIX. It is perhaps one of the most customizable Linux distributions available. Gentoo is built around the source code. Your VPSLink account will be a very basic install including GCC and SSHD. This is what is referred to as a Stage 3 Install. You will definitely need to be comfortable compiling applications to take advantage of Gentoo.

Portage is the heart of Gentoo, and runs a large portion of the operating system. Specifically Portage is the software distribution system for Gentoo. To add new applications, or update existing ones, Portage must be used. More than 10,000 packages currently exist in Portage. To update your system to the latest version of all applications simply type ’emerge -uD world’ and everything is up to date!

Due to Portage’s resource requirements, Gentoo is not available on the Link-1 plan. Many applications will compile under Gentoo on a Link-2, but the Link-3 plan is required to provide sufficient memory to compile applications such as PHP, Postfix, and MySQL using Portage.


Slackware VPS Hosting

Slackware aims for design stability and simplicity, and to be the most “Unix-like” Linux distribution, making as few modifications as possible to software packages from upstream and using plain text files and a small set of shell scripts for configuration and administration.

The design philosophy of Slackware is oriented toward simplicity, software purity, and a core design that emphasizes lack of change to upstream sources. Many design choices in Slackware can be seen as a heritage of the simplicity of traditional Unix systems and as examples of the KISS principle. In this context, “simple” refers to the simplicity in system design, rather than necessarily implying directly attempting the simplification of ease of use.

Slackware ships without a graphical installer. Like most distribution-specific tools the Slackware installation program is an ncurses-driven shell script. Probably the biggest potential barrier for inexperienced users stems from the lack of a guided hard disk partitioning tool within the installer[citation needed]. Prior to starting an installation the user is prompted to partition the host system with cfdisk or fdisk.