There are several operating systems for server web hosting like Linux and windows. Linux is an operating system that run the servers, it is one of the most popular operating systems on the web, because it is so cheap to install and running. Windows is another popular operating system for hosting solution due to the great support. Generally, both of them are common and available for many reasons.
One of the differences is that; it is clearly observe in operating systems to how you access the server. Windows and Linux offer FTP acess to your files, but Linux offer telnet or SSH access, it is possible to set up telnet access on Windows.
Running a dynamically driven Web site, you need a database either mySQL or Access. mySQL runs on both Linux and Windows, but more often on Linux. Access is only for Windows.
Many people think that Windows has vulnerabilities rather than Linux. In reality, both have security problems. Security is very important for servers hosting administration than at the operating system. If you have good administrators, your server will be secured regardless the operating systems.
Linux is free, Windows is not, for desktop or home use, Linux is very cheap or free, and Windows is expensive. For server use, Linux is very cheap compared to Windows. Microsoft allows a single copy of Windows to be used on only one computer. Starting with Windows XP, they use software to enforce this rule (Windows Product Activation at first, later Genuine Windows). In contrast, once you have purchased Linux, you can run it on any number of computers for no additional charge. Linux is customizable in a way that Windows is not
So when choosing a web hosting provider, it is more recommend to choose a webhost server more than the operating system that is running behind.
Written By: Jim Fonda