MineOS CRUX vs. other distributions comparison
MineOS (microcore) was my first attempt at an operating system with a specific goal for utter simplicity and speed. I find that MineOS (mc) did a fantastic job reaching out to small and medium-sized groups alike, by being easily deployable, innovative, and highly documented.
This version is no longer supported or maintained, nor is the off-shoot, community-driven MineOS+. It is not recommended to use this variant anymore, for any purpose.
MineOS CRUX (based on the Linux distro "CRUX") is a more grown-up distribution. Based on the hardened CRUX, the platform itself requires a greater amount of involvement and knowledge to operate. I have worked hard to document and automate tasks so that even a novice can deploy and learn from MineOS--and become both interested and proficient in Linux.
MineOS CRUX is the most specifically tailored variant of MineOS. Since MineOS has always been tailored toward the casual market, its driver support is greatest in the Desktop arena, and patchy when it comes to server hardware, particularly in RAID support. CRUX itself was geared toward experienced users so the MineOS CRUX experience is best when:
- you are motivated to learn Linux and
- you are willing to install any additional services (such as voip) from source.
It is called MineOS-on-Ubuntu because this variant does not distribute an ISO. You are expected to install Ubuntu Server then follow the MineOS tutorial/guide to install the python scripts, software suites, and basic configuration to turn a base install into a Minecraft-hosting machine. This variant is best for those who:
- want the benefit of the largest available community for support
- prefer to use package managers and pre-packaged kernels
MineOS Turnkey is the epitome of simple. Based on the secure and extensible Debian, Turnkey lives up to its name in ease of setup and configuration. Available in x64 and x86, MineOS Turnkey is unquestionably the most simple and quick from-start-to-hosting solution available. MineOS Turnkey is ideal for:
- those who want to host on Linux, but want the lowest barrier-to-entry.
It's almost impossible for me to describe the countless ways in which FreeBSD makes for the most perfect possible server for Minecraft. Being a BSD variant, rather than Linux, it brings a more mature codebase (read: more stable) and standardized utilities together, which make for the most secure, dependable, speedy, and hardware-supporting platform possible. Those familiar with Linux will have a moderate learning curve, but the experience of going from Linux to BSD is like going from Windows XP to Windows 7. This is absolutely not advised for those with no *nix experience unless--like me--not knowing the solution is exciting rather than frustrating. MineOS-on-FreeBSD is best for:
- anybody who wants the (irrefutably) best server platform known to man.