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I'm at a point where I'll be running an SPO. I am curious from the current SPOs what version of Linux do they recommend. I've practiced setting up a pool on ubuntu and mint.

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    Ubuntu is the most widely used OS. However, any Linux distribution should be fine. Windows is best avoided.
    – raghu
    Sep 20, 2021 at 6:14
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    This is too subjective to be on topic in my opinion. IOHK offers a wide range of support, seemingly equal (for Linux). Sep 20, 2021 at 13:36

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The installation of Cardano nodes is done by compiling the source codes, so any Linux distribution can host your node. However, the majority of the "SPO" community is primarily experimenting with Ubuntu LTS (documentation, how-to, Q&A etc.) in the official forum. So if you're new to exploring the Cardano ecosystem, you might want to you start with the Ubuntu distrib in order to benefit from existing feedbacks.

Moreover, if you want an excellent step-by-step tutorial to set up your pool, I recommend the guide "How to build a Cardano Stake Pool" from CoinCashew.

Good luck!

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