Should I run ColdFusion 8 on Ubuntu Server on my new VPS?

I've been given the opportunity to have my VPS where I am currently
hosting, with the free choice of OS, and pretty much any set up I want.

My initial thought was to set it up on Ubuntu server, simply because, since switching to Ubuntu as my primary OS, I am far more familiar with it as a Linux platform than I ever could be on a RedHat based one.

Now, I know that Ubuntu is not a supported platform, however –

1) I've been running CF8 on Ubuntu for development, and had 0 issues, from installation to use.
2) It's my VPS, so I'm happy to have a bit of an experiment.
3) I really don't feel like learning CentOS (Yeah.. I know.. lazy).

What do you guys reckon?  Anyone been running CF8 on a Debian based
distro, and faced any issues? Can anyone think of any issues that could
trip me up?

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  • Dale Fraser | October 8, 2007

    Sounds like hard work, Windows is supported 🙂

  • Mark | October 8, 2007

    @Dale – no thanks, Windows is far harder work ;o)

    I’m dreadfully spoilt by apt-get 😀

  • jim Priest | October 8, 2007

    I’m running CF8 at home on Ubuntu – no troubles at all though I don’t do much with it… but I had no issues with installation, etc.

  • Andy Allan | October 8, 2007

    If you’re happy running on an unsupport platform, then do it. All our CF servers happily run on either Ubuntu or Fedora.

  • Christoph Schmitz | October 8, 2007

    I’ve been running it without any problems on a dev machine, too. Plus, after a Scorpio presentation Tim Buntel told me he had expected that. If I remember correctly, he said something like Ubuntu was the favourite distro of one of the main developers in the "CF on Linux" team.

  • Peter Bell | October 8, 2007

    The only problem with an unsupported platform is when you have a problem with the unsupported platform. I’m looking to use CentOS (which is close enough to supported – I can just SAY I’m running RHEL!) at least in part so if there is ever the mother of all strange problems I have the option of getting support and hopefully more people out there with experience of running CF on my OS.

    Chances are you’ll never have a problem, but I’ve just been burnt enough times by having those "it really should never happen" kind of problems that I’m a little wary.

  • jim Priest | October 9, 2007

    Support would certainly be an issue if you were running something important. For a personal blog or development environment – then it’s probably not much of an issue. Maybe CF9 will have Ubuntu support? 🙂

  • Jamie Jackson | October 9, 2007

    I think I mentioned this before, but is the Verity stuff important to you (or will it be)? I have yet to get vspider to work under Ubuntu. I didn’t try too hard to fix it, due to time constraints, but last I checked I couldn’t find any "success" reports. However, I suspect that the number people who need to use both Verity Spider *and* Ubuntu could be counted on one hand, so I wouldn’t expect to see much coverage on the matter.

  • Howard Scholz | October 13, 2007

    The price difference is Huge between Windows VPS hosts and Unix based VPS hosts, in the research I have done so far. Your "experiences" good and bad will benefit the rest of us, at least those to whom cost difference matters. Since you put it out as a question, I would nudge you towards doing so <wink>, as I may do so myself in the coming months.
    Question: Would it be the server hosting this site (compound theory)?

  • Mark | October 14, 2007

    Yup, it will be this site, and, and quite likely it’s SVN will get migrated too.

    I’ve gone with the option of setting it all up on Ubuntu Server, specifically the Gutsy version. Looks to be good so far! I’ll let you all know when it goes live, and we’ll see what happens!

  • christiano seppala | November 28, 2007

    I just finished bringing up a new server install of ubuntu with coldfusion 8 and it was smooth sailing all the way. I did not opt for multi-server and do not use verity, so i cannopt comment on these aspects.

  • Anthony Webb | March 30, 2008

    Just curious when you are setting up your CF server in a data center on linux. Are you opening a secondary port to the outside where you will get into the CF administrator and make it accessible from the outside for configuration??

  • Mark Mandel | March 31, 2008


    No, I don’t open a port. I have better ways of managing my security than that ;o)

  • Anthony Webb | March 31, 2008

    @mark – Care to expand on your "better ways"? I’ve used windos in the past and was able to simply log into TS and get to the web admin from there. Being this is my first rodeo on command line linux, I’m curious how people handle this situation where they dont have a web browser on the server itself for admin.

  • ted | May 5, 2008

    CF8 installs and operates flawlessly on Ubuntu 7.10. However, when I attempted to apply my serial number, it dropped it into Developer mode, complete with the IP restrictions. Adobe says they can’t help me because I’m running it on an unsupported OS. has anyone been able to run CF8 in production mode on Ubuntu (or any other non-Redhat OS)?

  • Jason Sheedy | September 5, 2008

    nice to see you putting your money where you mouth is and using linux server. I hate windows too.

    I just ran into the same problem. When i tried to apply my CF8 Standard license via the command line installer, it was rejected. I installed under trial mode and then applied the serial through the CF administrator. As soon as i did that it dropped into developer mode. Can see why running on Ubuntu server would cause this though !!! Did you get this sorted out yet?

  • Jason Sheedy | September 5, 2008

    FYI, I seem to have found the issue. CF8 Standard is not supported on the 64bit edition. The somewhat crazy work around is to install the 32bit version on a 64bit machine and it’s supposed to work.