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    Operating System

    Does it matter which operating system a host uses from a customers point of view? and if so why?

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    Yes, windows can run ASP while linux cant, there are alot of differences, windows is for expensive usualy and so forth
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    and windows isnt prolly as secure, not gonna debate it but you could never agrue with a freebsd box in my opinion
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    Yup, linux is more used, cheaper and supposedly more secure
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    Yeah linux all the way

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    On average windows hosting costs more.

    Unless you want to take advantage of windows .ASP and .NET coding - the differences between the two as a hosting client are small.

    If you're going to be using normal html, php, cgi code - there is no difference provided of course the windows host offers those languages.
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    May 2004
    Omaha, NE

    Talking Linux/Unix

    I prefer a Unix system. I don't want to get into a debate but Linux has worked well for me.

    Just my 2 cents.

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    From a customer's point of view no it should not. Linux can run ASP via Chillisoft and now .NET with mono (for the time being at least). Windows can run Apache, PHP/Perl, and MySQL so for technological offerings they are about equal.

    A windows box can be secured and run properly by a competent admin. A linux box can be secured and run properly by a competent admin. Since a customer will assume the hosting company has properly secured the servers that comparison is a wash too.

    Linux has no license cost for unsupported distributions, true. But since more than license costs go into pricing your service offering and customers cannot divine what percentage of costs the licensing amounts thats shouldnt be a factor.

    Unless the customer has a particular affinity for either platform they both will serve up web pages and perform the various value added functions that go into web hosting. So from a service offering/security/aggregate pricing standpoint the platforms are identical (uh oh... here come the fan boys ).


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    If you are looking for all the windows related features like support for .asp, .net and mssql etc then I suggest you to go for Windows hosting.
    But generally windows hosting is more expensive as compared to Linux hosting.
    On the other hand nowadays we get .asp support (as good as the one that we get on windows) on linux with chillisoft.
    But in both the cases one main thing which matters a lot is which hosting company are you choosing.
    A good hosting company will give you stable servers.. !

    I personally favour linux because of its domination over windows w.r.t various features available for hosting.
    You should go for windows unless you need the perfect windows features ..!

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    Mar 2004
    Lots of hosts prefer linux hosting to run their businesses but that by no means imply that windows or coldfusion is bad, just depends on which platform you are more familiar with and would be able to handle better. thanks

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