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Linux Web Hosting
What Is Linux Web Hosting?
Linux is a Unix-based operating system and the Linux source code is freely available to everyone. You need only read that opening sentence to understand why the Linux operating system has become one of the most widely-used and cost effective hosting platforms available today:
Linux may be used for a wide variety of purposes including networking, software development and as an end-user platform. Linux is often considered an excellent, low-cost alternative to other more expensive operating systems, such as Windows or other versions of Unix.
It's really no surprise then that Linux has gained a reputation for being an affordable and extremely stable web hosting platform. RedHat Linux is the traditional operating system that most low-cost web hosting providers are currently using.
Linux Or Unix? What's The difference?
Since Linux is based on Unix, you will never notice a difference between the two as a web hosting consumer. Both provide you with the same basic web hosting capabilities as each other. In fact, when asked what operating system they use on their servers, many providers will just answer "Unix" or "Linux/Unix" whether they use Redhat Linux or some type of Unix (such as FreeBSD).
Linux Web Hosting or Windows
We often get the question from visitors, "Which platform is better; Linux or Windows?"
Regardless of which one people might say is "better", the choice is ultimately one that customers have to make for themselves, and it depends upon the special features you need on your website:
Will you require any of these specific hosting features?
If you do, then you need Windows.
If not, then you should probably go with a web hosting provider using Linux. The main reason for this is the price. Linux web hosting will typically cost much less than most Windows 2000 providers.
Since Linux is an open-source platform, this means that no software license fees have to be paid by the hosting provider. With the Windows, proprietary software license fees have to be paid. That is why Linux is typically cheaper for the end user than Windows 2000 hosting, with only a few exceptions.
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