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Most probably customize the hell out of the base distributions, but I was wondering which one is more popular among most startups...RHEL, ubuntu, fedora, centos..etc ?

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This is definitely not programming related...maybe – Chris Thompson Oct 11 '10 at 20:37

I think I read somewhere that Facebook has their own tweaked Linux version. However, you should go for the distribution which is the simplest to administrate. If you're launching a startup spending time on server maintenance is probably not what makes you successful.

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@Merrimack: Yeah I figured they do tweak it, but i'm interested in know if they go the RHEL way or something like ubuntu and then start tweaking it. – ace Oct 11 '10 at 22:38

Facebook uses Big-IP 9.4.6, which is high-speed network centric. Not sure about twitter but it's also going to be a very customized build

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AFAIK Big-IP is a hardware load balancer, not a Linux distribution. It is however, a very good load balancer. We use them for our hosting – Merrimack Oct 11 '10 at 20:42

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