New to vps I have a few questions

May 1, 2015 1k views
LAMP Stack Control Panels

Hi I am new to the vps service I have played around with Ubuntu and installed apache/mysql/php I wanted to know

which distro is the most stable / fastest I was going to try Centos
if I select LAMP under applications during the creation of my droplet does that install all the web services - so no need to manually install them

has anyone managed to get ajenti up and running on either Ubunto or Centos

I develop websites and play around with web scripts and I thought this would be a great way to pick up some linux skills

thanks
Mike

2 Answers

Performance-wise there is not a major difference between the available distributions. I would recommend choosing either CentOS or Ubuntu. We offer the largest variety of tutorials for Ubuntu.

We do have a tutorial for ajenti here. While it is targeted at Ubuntu 13.04 it should be possible to use these instructions to get it up and running on 14.04.

by Lassi Ruonavaara
Ajenti is an open source web based control panel for Linux servers. It offers a graphical user interface to perform most of the actions required to configure and keep your server up to date. If you prefer to have a simple yet solid control panel with some eye candy, Ajenti is definitely worth checking out.

"which distro is the most stable / fastest I was going to try Centos"

All the droplet OS installed on Digital Ocean are from stable release channels. Picking which Linux to use is more a personal choice, but if you want to maximize resources on a small node some distros have a lighter footprint than others.

I use Ubuntu because I can find install packages for it for most stuff I want.

"if I select LAMP under applications during the creation of my droplet does that install all the web services - so no need to manually install them"

Yes, the LAMP option for droplets comes pre-installed with what you would get if you ran apt-get install lamp-server^. It does look like DO has made a few tweaks to finish the install for you. So all you have to do is set the root password for MySQL.

Take a look at the other developer stacks available as well. There is the LEMP and MEAN stacks.

"I develop websites and play around with web scripts and I thought this would be a great way to pick up some linux skills"

Create a droplet, play with it, destroy it and repeat. I've tried a bunch of the pre-configured applications. Some of the ones I recommend try are GitLab,Docker and the node-v0.12.2.

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