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Hosting Canvas on a Linux server?

I'm researching the PROS and CONS of hosting Canvas on a dedicated server for up to 1000 students in a Vocational Skills Center.


Which Linux distro is preferred?  Debian 10, Centos 8, or Ubuntu Server?

Does Canvas have backup utilities? 

What is the optimum RAM and Disk space of the server?

What would be some of the disadvantages other than loss of data?

I'd appreciate any input.


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Community Team

Hi, Craig,

We have some resources specifically dedicated to our open-source community that will help you find what you're looking for! Check out Canvas Dev & Friends - Instructure Tech Blog, specifically the Learn Canvas section. It has additional resources that will help you out, specifically Getting Help · instructure/canvas-lms Wiki · GitHub.

We also have a Canvas Developers‌ group you can join and ask for assistance as well.

Hope that helps!


Thank you .  I do not want to re-post.  I tried to go to:

Canvas Developers 

and re-post. No luck.

I'll post a new question at 

Hi, Craig,

No need, as I've already shared your question in the group as well!