Our organization use CentOS as our product running platform. It's a server application with a web interface.
Now we are planning to install our product into a smaller hardware and add a local user interface for the device. So we can make our software looks like a hardware device and sell it with higher price.
The problem is the CentOS's software repository is locked 2 or 3 years ago. So most libraries are outdated. That's not a big problem for server applications as we use C language Runtime only.
But for writing a User Interface, I need to depend on more libraries and I have to install many libraries by hand. It's complicated and it's easy to make mistakes.
So I suggested to my colleagues, if we can try to switch to Ubuntu Server Edition to use new software repository. BUT, all of them are skeptical about Ubuntu's stability :
TWO Main Reason :
- It's could not be as stable as RHEL or Slackware.
- It's originated from desktop version. So it's stability is not proved, is skeptical.
I've been use Ubuntu desktop for a long time and I feels it's stable. But I don't have any evidence that the server version is stable enough.
Maybe I am biased because I am more familiar with Ubuntu. So I think your objective advice could help me to find out the truth.