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So I need to set up an application server with glassfish and I was wondering which one I should go with. Usually I hear that it's best to go with the one you're most comfortable with, but in this case since it's not a regular web server, would something like Solaris be a better fit or is there a specific linux distro I should use?

To Clarify, I'm looking for something easy to set up for Java Web Applications (Java EE) that would require minimal configuration to run.

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I've always had great luck with Ubuntu Server. It's easy to install, easy to maintain, and Ubuntu's documentation is second to none. A quick bit of Googling even returns a tutorial for glassfish on Ubuntu.

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100% ack if you need easy maintainance ubuntu server is the way to go –  matthias krull Jul 22 '10 at 9:40

I always believe in the use of the system you are most comfortable with. I run a lot of CentOS / RHEL 5 and a quick search brought up this how to for glassfish. That being said I am sure there are how tos out there for just about any OS and glassfish.
Glassfish on CentOS
Glassfish on Solaris
Glassfish on Windows

I would say that any of the supported platforms are a good choice. ;)

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