There are mainly two types of operating system used for web servers all around the world – Linux and Windows. Linux is the more popular and widely used option among the two. The flexibility and robustness of Linux is one of the main reasons why web developers, database administrators and web designers prefer Linux as the operating system for their server.
The stability and security offered by Linux is far better than that offered by Windows. They have been known to last and provide dependable service through many years of operation. Rebooting is also one of the main reasons for the preference of Linux over Windows. Windows servers need to be rebooted every time there is a configuration change, whereas Linux servers can maintain configuration changes without restarting. Even though most people prefer using Linux servers, there are some applications that run specifically on Window. Applications requiring specific server types are discussed below.
Windows Specific Applications
Windows applications which require a Windows VPS Hosting:
- ASP Classic
- MSSQL (Microsoft SQL Server)
- MS Access (Microsoft Access)
- Visual Basic Development
- Remote Desktop (dedicated server only)
Windows dedicated servers can support additional Windows-specific applications. For some applications, you may need to purchase a license and install the software on your Windows dedicated server.
- Microsoft Exchange (requires license & Installation)
- Microsoft SharePoint (requires license & Installation)
Note: Software not included with the server is not supported by our technical support staff, since we would not know how your server and applications are setup.
Linux Specific Applications
Applications that require a Linux VPS Hosting:
- FrontPage Extensions
- Scripts or applications that require specific Apache modules
Windows servers and Linux servers use different control panels.
- cPanel is available on all Linux-based hosting plans, such as Linux Shared, Reseller, Linux VPS Hosting and Linux Dedicated Servers.
- WHM (Web Host Manager) is available on Reseller, VPS and Linux Dedicated Servers.
- Plesk is available on Windows Shared, Windows VPS Hosting and Windows Dedicated Server.
There is an issue of case sensitivity against Linux though. On Linux file names are case sensitive meaning ‘File Name.html’ and ‘file name.html’ are different. On the other hand, Windows servers do not face this issue and accept names in any case. In other words, the above example would refer to the same page in case of Windows server. The operating procedure to revoke the case sensitivity in Linux is enabling mod_spelling via Apache.
Linux is considered the better secured operating system among the two. Whether it is a server, desktop or embedded environment, Linux offers greater security than Windows. Since Linux was based on Unix operating system, only administrators have editing and security privileges. Then malware, spyware and virus threat are far less as compared to a Windows environment. In Windows, users can hide a file from the administrator view, but in Linux, the system administrator has unilateral control over everything.
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