[Koha] Debian vs Ubuntu server for koha

King, Fred Fred.King at Medstar.net
Fri Jul 26 23:57:44 NZST 2019

As far as Koha administration is concerned, what are the differences between Debian and Ubuntu? I know Ubuntu is said to be the easy version of Debian, but how does that translate into Koha?

Fred King
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Hi Tom

 > Kindly advise me the better option for server space between Debian and  > Ubuntu for koha  production server.

According to
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__wiki.koha-2Dcommunity.org_wiki_Debian-23Debian-5FPackages-5Fon-5FKoha&d=DwIGaQ&c=RvBXVp2Kc-itN3g6r3sN0QK_zL4whPpndVxj8-bJ04M&r=vKh6XwOmjyC51IkP1OfsdjQZoWT2vpi6VZl8El8EPRI&m=1ylcSBHLjSWg5rOt-ZicukRdZZTzcSLYSdlYqgcBrNA&s=zNTRxtNR-yY-7IQJkDRFpNMbPAEDwwyWYajdlOoHEpY&e=  the following distributions are currently supported:

* Debian 8 (Jessie)
* Debian 9 (Stretch)
* Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic)

Personally, I think I heard or anyway I feel like the developers are usually using the newer Debian version (thus Debian 9) which results in a smoother installation process. I'm not sure if it's true but it seems to me even if Koha can be installed on Ubuntu or even some other Linux distributions, it will often need some extra effort to make it work on them.

So if you're not absolutely depending on Ubuntu or any other distribution I would always recommend Debian GNU/Linux. Also just because Debian GNU/Linux is the base of Ubuntu anyway.

Hope this helps.

Best wishes: Michael
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