Bought another irresistible dedicated server offer

I just bought another irresistible dedicated server offer from a reputable provider (although I have no use of it at the moment). The details of the mouth watering deal is

Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2100 CPU @ 3.10GHz
4GB DDR3 Memory
500 Gig Sata hard drive
100mbit network
5 IPs

all that for just $49/mo

I got the hard upgraded to a 1TB Sata3 and memory (RAM) upgraded to a whopping 12GB (some one you may be surprised to see ONLY 12GB but for me, this is the heaviest system I have rented to date). I am planning to keep it running even though I have no use for it at the moment.



Classic IO test

[root@kvm ~]# dd if=/dev/zero of=iotest bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync && rm -fr iotest
16384+0 records in
16384+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 9.17903 seconds, 117 MB/s

Classic Network test

[root@kvm ~]# wget -O 100mb.test
--2012-01-17 00:53:25--
Connecting to||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `100mb.test'

100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 11.2M/s   in 9.0s

2012-01-17 00:53:34 (11.1 MB/s) - `100mb.test' saved [104857600/104857600]

Good bye CentOS! Hello Ubuntu

Its been about almost more then two years since I have been playing with CentOS on many different platforms etc. Its very stable but on the other hand, PHP/MySQL updates are very hard to get and still PHP is 5.1.6. I tried EPEL repo and it updated PHP to 5.3.1 but still there were conflicts with stuff and many core packages.

So, I thought why not move to Ubuntu since it has just announced 10.04LTS (Long Term Support) in April 2010. Folks at iWeb were really nice to do a reinstall without any charges and also process a memory upgrade request at an amazing 50% discount.

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

  • Apache 2 version is 2.2.14
  • PHP version is 5.3.2
  • MySQL version is 5.1.41-3ubuntu12
  • SVN (Subversion) version is 1.6.6

As a comparison CentOS 5.4 has the following versions

  • Apache 2 version is 2.2.3
  • PHP version is 5.1.6
  • MySQL version is 5.0.77
  • SVN (Subversion) version is 1.4.2

So if you are a PHP developer looking to deploy a Linux flavour on your new box, choose Ubuntu 🙂