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    Linux vs. Windows Based Hosting

    So Personally I use Linux Based Hosting seeing as most scripts run on php. I know some applications use Windows Based Hosting so what do you use and why?

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    We prefer Linux and we offer only Linux web hosting, many of Linux variants and programs are free (open source) or mush lower in prices unlike Windows. Also, security and reliability are better compared to Windows.

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    Same here I used windows hosting once and it was a total nightmare I honestly think Linux is the only way to go with hosting and I agree Security is better with Linux

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    Yes, Linux all the way. Used WAMP before as I have a few computers with windows on them. It works good for just testing scripts etc.. but when it comes to hosting, not even close.

    I use CentOS 5.6 on all my servers and have one with Ubuntu just for fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holly Nicole View Post
    So Personally I use Linux Based Hosting seeing as most scripts run on php. I know some applications use Windows Based Hosting so what do you use and why?
    Linux and Windows are two popular operating system. On comparing those two Linux is best than Windows. Linux is virus free platform. It is a open source. We can get softwares at free of cost. Linux is more secure than Windows. We can manage more number of files and folders in Linux but theses are not possible in Windows. So Linux is best for web hosting.

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    I am here to help you. Before choosing a hosting provider you should be clear about the server either with Windows or Linux. I would recommend you to host your website in Linux server. Because Linux has more advantages over Windows. Linux is open source, virus free platform, free softwares, manage more files etc... But these are some what not possible with Windows.

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    Linux offcourse.

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    Linux and windows are from two different worlds while Linux runs most of the internet, windows market share is based more on the high level corporate world. The large companies and military mainly use windows to run their .asp .aspx applications. The main problem with windows is when it tries to live in the Linux world and think it can survive which it cannot.

    From a hosts perspective windows is a pain in the ass since the market at our level is very small and windows nickel and dimes you to death with licensing everything including how may procs our nodes have. And windows freezes and eats up RAM like its free, its much harder to keep a windows machine online than a Linux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inquestor View Post
    Yes, Linux all the way. Used WAMP before as I have a few computers with windows on them. It works good for just testing scripts etc.. but when it comes to hosting, not even close.

    I use CentOS 5.6 on all my servers and have one with Ubuntu just for fun.
    I HIGHLY recommend updating to CentOS 6.6 (Latest) for security & optimization purposes. This can be done by simply entering the following command in SSH:

    yum -y update && yum -y upgrade

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElixantTechnology View Post
    I HIGHLY recommend updating to CentOS 6.6 (Latest) for security & optimization purposes. This can be done by simply entering the following command in SSH:

    yum -y update && yum -y upgrade
    Two things one your comment is not relevant to this thread and second you cannot upgrade to a different OS like Centos 6.6 with yum upgrade the highest he can go is Centos 5.11.

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    Use Linuz. Don't know why but started with that many years ago and have not looked back.

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    No doubt when I say that Linux is best choice.

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    Linux is the best choice and more secure (I know that some one will start to mention that Windows secure too, I can say that majority of viruses are designed for Windows, not Linux or Mac!)

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    Although many people consider Linux to be more secure than Windows, both operating systems are equally secure. Security really depends more upon the server setup and the administrators running the server. All of HostGator's managed servers are maintained with the latest security and performance patches and configured for optimal security.

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    They both have their unique uses. Which one is better depends on what you are using it for.

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    Once it was necessary to administer the server on windows. It was creepy. Never again to this return. Only Linux

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    I suppose those who know and use Linux prefer it, but I prefer Windows. Everything I've heard is that Linux is difficult to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arariel View Post
    Everything I've heard is that Linux is difficult to use.
    This stigma has surrounded Linux for a long time. Most distributions have a very easy to use UI that makes it no harder to use then Windows.

    A) When people hear people talking about commands, shell, ssh, blah, blah, blah, they immediately think that is what you have to know to be able to use Linux.
    B) If Windows is all you have ever used, learning Linux UI is a bit of a learning-curve, but its really not bad.

    Bottom line, there is no such thing as "the best", only the best for you and your purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDO Servers View Post
    This stigma has surrounded Linux for a long time. Most distributions have a very easy to use UI that makes it no harder to use then Windows.

    A) When people hear people talking about commands, shell, ssh, blah, blah, blah, they immediately think that is what you have to know to be able to use Linux.
    B) If Windows is all you have ever used, learning Linux UI is a bit of a learning-curve, but its really not bad.

    Bottom line, there is no such thing as "the best", only the best for you and your purpose.
    What does Linux offer that have a lot of people in this thread saying it's the best for hosting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arariel View Post
    What does Linux offer that have a lot of people in this thread saying it's the best for hosting?
    php is the most popular web programming language. Most people prefer to run php on Linux, in fact a lot of people think that you have to run php on Linux.

    Windows can run php and asp.net, making it more robust. Starting with IIS7 (i believe), IIS includes many performance optimizations built in, thanks to some Windows/ZEND corroboration. They also started using FastCGI as default php handler in IIS.

    I still maintain that there is never a clear winner, and that you should choose what works best for you, but I prefer Windows.

    CPU Utilization
    • IIS – 9 percent
    • Nginx – 21 percent
    • Apache – 26 percent

    Peak Throughput
    • IIS – 49,000 responses per second (r/s)
    • Nginx – 23,000 r/s
    • Apache – 14,000 r/s

    Response Time
    • IIS – 2.8 milliseconds
    • Nginx – 5.5 milliseconds
    • Apache – 6.3 milliseconds


    http://www.gtcomm.net/blog/nginx-the-best-http-server/
    http://www.webperformance.com/load-testing/blog/2011/11/what-is-the-fastest-webserver/

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDO Servers View Post
    php is the most popular web programming language. Most people prefer to run php on Linux, in fact a lot of people think that you have to run php on Linux.

    Windows can run php and asp.net, making it more robust. Starting with IIS7 (i believe), IIS includes many performance optimizations built in, thanks to some Windows/ZEND corroboration. They also started using FastCGI as default php handler in IIS.

    I still maintain that there is never a clear winner, and that you should choose what works best for you, but I prefer Windows.

    CPU Utilization
    • IIS – 9 percent
    • Nginx – 21 percent
    • Apache – 26 percent

    Peak Throughput
    • IIS – 49,000 responses per second (r/s)
    • Nginx – 23,000 r/s
    • Apache – 14,000 r/s

    Response Time
    • IIS – 2.8 milliseconds
    • Nginx – 5.5 milliseconds
    • Apache – 6.3 milliseconds
    Sheesh, no wonder people love Linux so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arariel View Post
    Sheesh, no wonder people love Linux so much.
    Huh....
    IIS (Windows) uses less of the CPU, faster processing and faster response time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arariel View Post
    Sheesh, no wonder people love Linux so much.
    Most people use PHP language on their site so it's not surprised when they must go with linux hosting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jovani View Post
    Most people use PHP language on their site so it's not surprised when they must go with linux hosting
    Why is that, when you can also host php on windows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDO Servers View Post
    Why is that, when you can also host php on windows?
    But it will not good as on linux because it was designed for the exact language it will support.

    This happened when I used godaddy hosting (window hosting) which supported both PHP and ASP language and it has any problems when running with PHP sites.

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