I have been planning a number of major software changes on my hosting to 1) deal better with the constant spam, 2) better deal with the constant brute force attacks against the back-end, and 3) better deal with the fact that Debian stable lags behind on core features I'd really like to have by 2021.
Traditionally I've used Debian because the ideal of "Stable proven" packages always seemed the right choice, but with security updates occurring far faster than they're going into Debian's tree, their continued dragging of the heels on PHP version updates, and other such issues has made be start considering other distros.
To that end, I'm going to be wiping the server clean and starting over fresh.
I'm not sure how long I'm going to take, as it depends on my health, where my non-24 lands me in my sleep schedule, and so forth, so I wanted to give you folks a heads up that some time mid to late this week my sites are going to disappear for a few hours.
Laugh is, after years of deriding it, I may actually break down and just use Ubuntu. I know a lot of people would say "use CentOS" but to be frank, I have no stomach for anything "Red Hat Legacy". Basically, RPM's and YUM sucks donkey balls compared to DEB and APT. I also hate how everything based on Red Hat -- like CentOS -- half the time doesn't even put files in the proper *nix locations. They put stuff that should be in /var in the user folder, stuff that should be in /etc into /var... After having cut my teeth in the *nix world on Xenix and Solaris, it's kind of nice to have things in the same locations they would be there.
I'd consider other non-linux platforms, but to be honest the minor performance improvements are outweighed by a general lack of readily available proper information, documentation, and people who out of the blue can answer questions when things go bits-up face-down. Worse, so many of them are source-based distribution for apps only, where to be frank after years of doing that back in the day, I'm done with it. We can do better now, so do it.
So my list is debian based, but hopefully something where packages are updated more often.