Difference Between windows and Linux Hosting

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Difference Between windows and Linux Hosting

Post by burst on Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:43 am

Windows FTP Access -yes Linux-yes
Telnet/SSH Access- limited yes
HTML & Javascript- yes yes
Front Pafe Extebsions-yes yes
CGI/Perl- limited yes
ASP- yes limited
PHP- limited yes
Cold Fusion -yes yes
Access Database - yes no
mySQL Database -yes yes

When looking for a Web hosting provider, one of the first things you often have to consider
is what operating system the server will run. Now, this article is not about proving that one OS is better or worse than another, and if you already have a preference, then I recommend you stick with it. This article is not trying to convince you to change.

Several Operating Systems to Choose From

  • Linux
    Linux is one of the more popular operating systems on the Web, mostly
    because it is so cheap to install and get up and running.
  • Macintosh
    Macintosh hosting servers are very uncommon. In fact, if you want to
    host your site on a Macintosh server, you'll probably have to look into
    hosting it yourself.
  • Unix
    Unix is very similar to Linux, but not as common on Web hosting
    services, usually because it is more expensive and the hardware is more
  • Windows
    Windows is another popular operating system for Web hosting providers
    because it has a lot of support.

Linux and Windows are the two most common and readily available operating systems, and there are many good reasons for using both. Unix systems are very similar to Linux (and Mac OSX systems are as well) but
as I mentioned above, Macintosh systems are few and far-between.

Accessing the Server

The first difference that most people notice with Web hosting operating systems is how you access the server. Both Windows and Linux offer FTP access to your files, but only Linux will generally offer telnet
or ssh access. (It's possible to set up telnet access on Windows, but very few hosting administrators offer it.) FTP is a way of transferring your files from your hard drive to your Web server. Telnet and SSH are a way
to open a window directly on the Web server and manipulate files right there, usually using Unix command line commands.

Writing Your Pages

Both Windows and Linux servers will serve HTML pages and JavaScript. Typically, Windows servers use files named *.htm while Linux servers use files named *.html, but there is no real difference between these
names, just what you prefer.
FrontPage extensions are often cited as the reason to use a Windows server. But there are Linux servers that offer this service as well.


CGI and Perl access are often found on both Windows and Linux servers, but it is more typical on
Linux. If you need to program forms, you should make sure that your hosting service provides CGI or another way to process them.

Other Server-Side Scripts

But you're not stuck with just Perl if you need to process forms. Many hosting systems offer PHP, ASP, and ColdFusion. These server side scripting options give you a lot of flexibility. PHP is more often found on Linux systems, while ASP is more often found on Windows.ColdFusion can be found on both.


If you're going to run a dynamically driven Web site, then you'll want a database. The two most popular are mySQL and Access. mySQL runs on both Linux and Windows, but is more often found on Linux servers. Access is only available for Windows.


Security is very important to your Web host. Many people will argue that Windows servers have more vulnerabilities than Linux servers. But the reality is that they both have security problems. Security is more important at the hosting service's administration level than it is at the operating system level. If you have good administrators, your server will be more secure - regardless of OS.

The Bottom Line

The differences between the operating systems is much less than you might think. I would recommend, when choosing a hosting server you find one that has the options you want, rather than worrying about what operating system they are running on the back end.


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Re: Difference Between windows and Linux Hosting

Post by Paris Hilton on Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:02 am

this is pretty useful info
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