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Best OS for Minecraft

Discussion in 'Server & Community Management' started by Outlaw11A, May 9, 2013.

  1. Outlaw11A


    Hey Spigot!

    Just wondering, what is the best OS (Operating System) for running a Minecraft server on? I heard CentOS was the best?

  2. jtaylor69

    jtaylor69 Retired Moderator

    CentOS is very lightweight as most of the time, it's installed without a GUI thus less RAM and CPU usage.
    I personally use CentOS combined with CPanel, makes my life easier for an expense of £20 a month.
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  3. md_5

    Administrator Developer

    Debian 7
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  4. jeff142


    Debian or ubuntu
    Not much a fan for centOS for mc
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  5. It is often a matter of opinion. But the main contenders are Debian or CentOS. Personally I prefer CentOS. If you choose to dive in and skip CPanel, it can be quite easy to pick up a command line based OS, which depending upon your future ambitions (IT?), may be helpful etc.
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  6. CustomForms

    CustomForms Retired Moderator
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    Debian is the best, but I unfortunately only learned linux using ubuntu, so that's what I use.
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  7. jeff142


    Same reason i use it, i use it as my main desktop os, and every thing else runs it, its just easyto use what you know.
    If you had to learn one, i would have to side on Debian
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  8. Why is it better than CentOS/Ubuntu Server though?

    I just did a quick Google (centos vs debian) and found http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/1546408-centos-vs-ubuntu-vs-debian-large-server/ They have a brief discussion which doesn't really say anything - apart from differing Kernals and familiarity with Redhat... (as reasons to choose).

    I am wondering what your 2 cents are for the differences (and why one is better).
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  9. jeff142


    Why is coke better then Pepsi?

    Its mostly a personal thing, pick one, run it learn it.
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  10. See I was planning on playing around with ubuntu because I heard that's what's most commonly used for larger MC servers, why do you say Debian is best?
  11. CustomForms

    CustomForms Retired Moderator
    Retired Supporter

    I just have grown fond of it over the years of using it now. It may not exactly be better than ubuntu, but I have a personal attachment to it now.
  12. jtaylor69

    jtaylor69 Retired Moderator

    I installed GNOME onto my CentOS and I sit there and stare at all the pretty lines in system monitor.
    Although that does sound very sad, it's great to see how players and plugin use affects RAM and CPU.
  13. Part of the advantage from using a command line OS is that you save the resources that would otherwise be needed to run a GUI.
    If you are determined to get some pretty statistics, there are web UIs available which would use less resources. One I am keen to try is http://ajenti.org/, http://www.webmin.com/ is another alternative.

    Or you can try 'htop' which is a CPU/RAM monitor which shows running processes etc.
  14. jtaylor69

    jtaylor69 Retired Moderator

    I use both, however with a GUI, I can easily tinker with the server files as well as my WHM also lets me see the active processes, Munin etc but I just can't get enough of them squiggly lines in system monitor :p
    The actual usage of the GUI is quite minimal still, about 250Mb or so as it's Gnome 2 with VNC.
    My MC servers do not show under processes as they are managed through my Multicraft.


  15. externo6


    What is it with you and Web UI's :p you pushed prism for its web UI and we dont even use it! (at least thats how I remember it :confused: )
    I have htop on my 2nd monitor, just dancing around for my own amusement. Pretty lines and colours :D

    I like both Debian and CentOS, but we use CentOS for our servers.
    Id quite like to try Debian for one of our servers but LukeHandle's startup script calls things specific to CentOS which I could never be bothered to look into fixing it for Debian (lazy me showing...) although I doubt it would make little to any difference in performance.
    #15 externo6, May 10, 2013
    Last edited: May 10, 2013
  16. I'm having the same question too. Getting a new server tomorrow and I'm considering getting that. I use Ubuntu at home, but I'm not sure it would be the best performance-wise. Ubuntu is great for visual effects though! And yeah, I tend to steer clear of GUIs. It's better to make it less laggy for the players than have some fun lines to look at imo. (Although I'm sure it doesn't use up that much resources)
  17. Just use a light weight Linux distribution. I use Ubuntu and also Gentoo.
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  18. YoFuzzy3


    I started with Ubuntu Server since I was a Linux newbie, probably never going to change.
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  19. Wazez


    windows 8.
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  20. jeff142


    Your dunk wazez