MySQL is ideal for linux...theres a lot of debate on this but it is my opinion that MySQL/php run on a linux database is the fastest combination...if you insist on using windows it will probably work fine it's going to be of average size
Hi Linda can I ask is there a specific reason as to why you rather go with a windows 2003 than a redhat linux? Are you running other programs on your server that require .NET .asp ect..? Your database should work fine on a windows 2003 server but there really is no reason to pay more for one if you are only using a MySQL and php combination.
Both window 2003 and linux are the same price from our hosting company. The reason why I wanted to go with Window is because I know nothing about linux. I would than need someone to help me manage the linux server if I go with linux which will comes out to cost me a lot more.
Currently porting DB to mysql on win 2003 server and have had no problems. Big difficulty though with windows is the huge licence fees one needs to pay if going into a clustered environment. But that aside myself on win 2003 server for me has been running like a dream.