What's Your Favorite Unix/Linux Server Distro? And why?

OK so here’s the deal. I’ve been a FreeBSD fan for um– well a long time. But the 5.X family has me completely worn out. I’ve read rumblings before but now I’ve seen it for myself. I think 5.X was a downgrade from the 4.X line.*

So I’m looking around to see if the grass is greener.

I used Redhat quite some time ago and it was OK but I left it when they wanted you to pay 400 bucks a year to use their software. I’ve played with SUSE and it is downloading in the background.

And I should mention I’m talking about servers only… I don’t care anything about Linux on the desktop for my use.

So here is what I’m looking for…. A decent distro that is STABLE (I’m a BSD guy after all) that will run a bullet proof http/smtp/samba/bind etc server. RH had a cool server admin GUI even a few years ago. That is a bonus but I can manage it from the console just as easily. (Or install webmin)

OK any server (especially NetBSD) admins want to share what they think is winning right now and -more importantly- why?

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* Note this is on the i368… I’m running it on the AMD64 and I like it better although others have said it was not ready for prime time on AMD64 so YMMV

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