Linux wins out over FreeBSD for our MySQL servers

Sadly not because of any extensive benchmarking. There are two main reasons we’ve made the decision to go with Gentoo Linux.

  • our sysadmin couldn’t get FreeBSD installed on the 6GB dual Xeon servers. Apparently not all the drivers for the hardware are available yet.
  • with our main database server in torrid shape, we need to upgrade quickly. Even if it’s not absolutely the best option, it sure beats where we are right now.

Gentoo ended up being chosen as a distro simply because that’s our sysadmin’s preference. He prefers it as it’s the most BSD-like of distros.
Cutover is scheduled for tomorrow evening, so hopefully some of IOL’s problems will be going away.

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