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Linux Hosting vs. Windows Hosting
By: Joe Eitel
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    2009-04-15

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  • Linux Hosting vs. Windows Hosting
  • Linux Hosting
  • Windows Hosting
  • Which is Better, Linux or Windows?

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    Are you thinking about signing up with a Linux hosting company? You're about to join the millions of customers who have chosen this route. Many companies use Linux hosting for developing and publishing their websites.

    There are key advantages as to why people opt to go with Linux. For one, it's open source, meaning it can be modified or improved, and then distributed to the public. Second, Linux allows you to use other open-source technologies, such as database applications or scripting software. For example, one of the most popular database applications developers use is MySQL. When it comes to scripting applications, developers use PHP or Perl, to build dynamic websites or extract data from a MySQL database.

    An acronym you're likely to encounter when it comes to Linux hosting is LAMP. The L means Linux. The A is defined as Apache, which is a Web server that sends web pages to the visitor's browser. M means MySQL, which as previously stated, is a database application. Finally, P means PHP, Python, or Perl. In addition, Linux hosting also supports email and multimedia services, such as streaming media. 

    Linux is a free Unix-based operating system. It was created by a Finnish student named Linus Torvalds, in 1991. Other developers from around the world contributed to it as well. To this day, they are continuously developing and enhancing this operating system.

    Linux was created based on the GNU General Public License. As previously stated, Linux can be modified or improved. Anybody can access software based on the GNU General Public License. As a result, there are various distributions of Linux, including Red Hat, Ubuntu, or SUSE Linux.  

    There are two reasons why customers gravitate towards Linux hosting. For one, Linux hosting is inexpensive compared to Windows hosting. Second, Linux hosting is known for being stable and secure. This is because Linux has a vibrant developer community where developers can quickly repair programming and security errors. That's why you shouldn't be surprised to see that many Web hosting companies use Linux servers. Developers strive for Linux to be scalable, functional, and robust. 

    No doubt, Linux is a major force to reckon with. Corporations such as Hewlett-Packard and IBM use this operating system. Mobile phone companies such as Nokia and Motorola use Linux to develop their phone applications. Like the developers, these corporations are also committed to see Linux grow and expand into other applications. 

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