Best OS for LXC containers?

Discussion in 'Proxmox VE: Installation and configuration' started by menathor, May 5, 2019.

  1. menathor

    menathor New Member

    May 5, 2019
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    Hi guys,

    I'm thinking about migrating from Xen and am about to start playing with Proxmox on my Hetzner cloud servers. I'll be mainly using LXC containers (mysql, nginx, wordpress and other web apps).

    I'm just wondering which of your OS container images you would recommend for the best compatibility and smallest overhead? I don't really have a preference between Debian, ubuntu and CentOS so I'm happy to use whichever will give me the smoothest and most "bare-metal" like experience.

    I was thinking that since Proxmox host machines use Debian, that also using Debian for containers makes the most sense. Would you agree?

  2. LnxBil

    LnxBil Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2015
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    The smallest overhead in space and running processes will be Alpine Linux. On ZFS (compression in place) the default install is 3-4 MB.

    Often these discussions came down to personal experience or historic reasons. I for myself use Debian for almost everything, just because I've used Debian for almost 20 years and I'm quite familiar with it.
  3. dietmar

    dietmar Proxmox Staff Member
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    Apr 28, 2005
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    Debian is always a good choice if you need a stable OS.
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