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Which # based systemd included # would you recommend for a server if newer (than in Debian Buster) kernel is needed. I do not need bleeding edge, but a 4.15 kernel is a bit old, isn't it?
If 5.5 is fine, try this:

sudo apt install linux-image-5.5.0-0.bpo.2-amd64 linux-headers-5.5.0-0.bpo.2-all oh, is it as easy as that? I never really thought about that Debian has a newer kernel available.

So this will install all the packages needed for the newer kernel?
What is your experience with that newer kernel, is it stable and works fine? I can always switch back to the standard Linux kernel I guess, is it even selectable in grub?
CentOS is almost as good as Solaris 11, you should try MacOS though I am too much used to #, #, # and that kind of GNU/Linux, I also use # for many servers... but I never used CentOS and am not sure if I would want to.
If you're happy with debian, and since that's probably the best option for such use too, why would you change?
Also, changing just for fun, on a server... well, it triggers my attention. A server use is exactly where you want to be "late" on the versions, taking only security patches, no new bugs/issues/backdoor/fragility.

=> If a newer kernel is wanted anyway, then take the 5.x kernel from debian testing repo, and you're done.

NOTE: Even if the name may generate fears, "testing" with the debian meaning has the same security/reliability level as "stable" for most other distros... Make sure to catch that very important difference! thanks, also from # suggested this 5.x kernel. I think I will try that at some point on a less important server that can easily be reinstalled.
You can use 5er kernel with buster. It's in the backports..
I might try it on a # server first... but with the info now I wouldn't install a server with Ubuntu anymore, I don't like their special things compared to # that much, or let's say I do not need any of that new fancy stuff that # introduces until it is introduced back into Debian. :-D

Ubuntu HWE how to:
You can easily switch to sid. I've been running it since ... forever. If you're versed in how dpkg packages look inside, so that you're able to manually fix dependency problems (which do occur, albeit extremely rarely), you'll have a stable system.
I was not aware the 5.x kernel was also available through backports. This is your preferred way, since easier to revert.
Going the "testing" way usually implies a much trickier revert.
I can confirm Debian Testing is very stable, I have been using it for weeks now, with zero trouble, on a recent Lenovo Thinkpad. All hardware is supported, including the graphic card for instance. If you are concerned about possible missing drivers, get Debian-Testing-nonfree, which comes with all non-free hardware drivers added.
@Christoph S I don't care for systemd included Linux distributions anymore. hmm yes, I just got so used to it, have mixed feelings about systemd, but currently I think it is my right choice. Not meaning alternatives aren't good or even better. hier...
ah nice I'm happy with Linux Mint Debian Edition
Backported kernels work well.