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Re: possible os recommendations

From: Chris Browne <cbbrowne(at)acm(dot)org>
To: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: possible os recommendations
Date: 2005-05-25 14:36:36
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David(dot)Bear(at)asu(dot)edu (David Bear) writes:
> wanting to avoid religious warfare, I'm curious if there may be some
> who would have recommendations for what operating system is 'best' to
> run postgresql 8.x on.. I've used postgresql 7.x on FreeBSD.  It was
> already. But, I'm getting sucked into the linux world and have found
> Suse 9.3 a pretty good distro.
> Since I've chosen a packaged distro, I realize that I depend upon
> 'them' to keep me updated with criticals and other bug fixes wrt
> postrgresql.
> That may be consider bad by some, good by others.
> I'm more concerned though about the complete experience, i.e.
> postgresql performance on Linux vs Bsd vs Windows...
> Maintainability.. Stability... os tweeks that were really needed to
> make pg work well, etc.
> I would really like to hear from those who have used postgresql on
> multiple operating systems..

You're going to be fundamentally better off if you go with a system
that you can more readily support than one that is unfamiliar to you.

In particular, if you want to use more or less esoteric hardware
features like in-OS RAID or volume management systems, or to tweak
filesystem parameters, you're going to have better luck with a system
you're already familiar with.

The one clear "quasi-religous" argument to be made is that it is
highly preferable to head to some Unix-like system for "production" as
opposed to Windows, as there simply isn't the long history of
Windows-based deployments to nail down OS-related issues.
(format nil "~S(at)~S" "cbbrowne" "")
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