SUNScholar/DSpace/Why Ubuntu Server
- This wiki page relates to the system build and maintenance of an open access institutional research repository, using open systems for very long term digital security, preservation and interoperability.
In order to make the research outputs of Stellenbosch University available, the library decided develop an open access research repository service.
The repository has to make the research available for future researchers as well.
- We cannot predict what technology will exist in the future.
- But we can be almost certain, that open systems based on open standards will have a better chance of surviving to the future.
- Since we are employing open systems based on open standards, we have to eliminate any proprietary systems or standards.
- DSpace is open source software, supported by a foundation and is based on open standards.
- DSpace is also very popular as a repository management system.
- Ubuntu is also supported by a foundation and is also one of the most popular linux distributions which are based on open source software.
- Ubuntu is committed to releasing a "long term support" (LTS) version of the distribution every five years.
- The method of Ubuntu LTS releases allows us to plan for upgrades and makes capacity planning of the repository more effective.
- In addition, Ubuntu is derived from Debian, the original linux distribution.
- Debian is very stable, and has a very large community supporting it.
- Most linux distributions are based on open Unix standards.
- The Microsoft server software and client access licences are extremely expensive.
So considering all of the above, DSpace on an Ubuntu server made logical sense to comply with most of BOAI, section 3.
- It is not a good idea to use to use the latest LTS release of Ubuntu, if you do not have access to an expert Ubuntu linux system administrator.
For example: If you install using Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, then wait until the second point release of the next LTS version before considering upgrading.
- If you are considering using Redhat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), then remember Redhat is commercial and if they fail then so does your support. Whereas Ubuntu can be supported by Canonical commercially and by the Debian and Ubuntu linux community. So, long term support for Ubuntu/Debian is much more sustainable. See: http://community.ubuntu.com