[Koha] Debian vs Ubuntu server for koha

Chris Brown chris at stayawake.co.uk
Sat Jul 27 00:55:26 NZST 2019

Hi Fred,

As far as administration of Koha within the web based interface is
concerned, you'll see no difference whether you're running on Ubuntu or
Debian. Even if you're working at a Linux command prompt you're going to
see the same commands. Ubuntu uses Debian as its "upstream" distribution.

As was pointed out (by Michael I think) you might find some minor
differences between installed package versions between Ubuntu and Debian,
and might get a smoother ride installing onto Debian so I would go with
that unless you have some other reason to prefer Ubuntu. (I am too out of
touch with the Ubuntu Server distro these days to know what "added value"
it offers, if any.)

Hope this helps,

Best Regards,

Chris Brown

On Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 12:57 PM King, Fred <Fred.King at medstar.net> wrote:

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