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  1. #16
    Most popular forum software runs on php and is designed with LAMP (Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP) in mind, though php will talk to most database software and runs on all OS flavors.

    I have a pretty detailed setup documented for optimizing and securing Debian Lenny on Elliquiy, serving a million php landings per day and some two million posts between three forums.
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    Honestly, in my opinion, I would always use Linux Web Hosting over Windows Web Hosting unless there is a specific reason you need hosting on a Windows Server.

    I'm not going to get into every little reason/detail about why Linux Servers are best for Web Hosting, but I've worked in/with the Web Hosting Industry for years and Linux based Web Severs (Such as a CentOS Server with cPanel/WHM) are far superior in speed, reliablity, functionality, and are usually more affordable than Windows Servers.

    I even run Linux on some of my Computers at home (I have Mac, Windows, and Linux machines LOL) and I would use ONLY Linux/Mac if I could but unfortunately many applications I use will only run correctly in Windows so I'm stuck using Windows 7 Ultimate for certain things.

    Anyway, my advice is to ALWAYS choose Linux Hosting over Windows Hosting unless there is a GOOD reason you need Windows Hosting.

    Hope this helps!

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    Well if your running php and mysql there is no reason at all to run it on a MS server unless like said above you have a good reason. And the expense is the biggest killer for most windows servers are on average 10% -50% more expensive. The most obvious cause resone is more people can share a linux box than a windows box.
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    UNIX handles high server loads better than Windows and UNIX machines seldom require reboots while Windows is constantly needing them.
    Servers running on UNIX enjoy extremely high up-time and high availability/reliability.
    UNIX servers under high load are superior to Windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jacobatwood View Post
    UNIX handles high server loads better than Windows and UNIX machines seldom require reboots while Windows is constantly needing them. Servers running on UNIX enjoy extremely high up-time and high availability/reliability. UNIX servers under high load are superior to Windows.
    That's all ridiculous myth and completely false.

    If anything Apache on Linux seems to fail more often than IIS7 does.

    More often than not, uptime and stability are a reflection of the admin's skills, and not the OS in use.

    Windows has licensing costs, and has a somewhat larger resource footprint. But you also gain ASP, ASP.NET and MS SQL, along with access to several Windows-only mail servers and specialty apps. That is why people tend to choose Windows -- there is more enterprise-grade architecture and software involved. That's all it is.

    In fact, as of IIS 7, thanks to Zend's input, PHP and PHP caching has been shown to actually work better on Windows than on Linux, by a decent amount. There are various IT industry magazines and blogs that have discussed this topic several times in the past 3 years.
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    well, nice discussion,
    "What's the Difference Between Unix and Windows Web Hosting?"
    if this question is raised by the person in need of web hosting then answer is simple, person would need simple online presence (linux/windows) will do. suggest, go for affordable and reliable web host having any of these platform, if you have specific requirement on technology then you must compare both types and go for one that best suite your requirement. both are equally good and it all depends on what technology or platform is required to support your website, & that you are familiar with. As i said for simple web presence both will go on good (linux or windows hosting).
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    Some off-the-shelf PHP and perl scripts seem to have been written assuming that they are on a Linux (even a specific distro) server. They may also need MySQL, which Windows shared hosting typically won't have. Of course paths can be edited, but some just need a lot of work to run on Windows or in worst case won't work at all. Until a few years ago Chilisoft provided an ASP port for Linux, but it ended up being discontinued.
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    You have missed a*huge* point here- Security!

    Unix systems are very secured as the risk of getting infected by a malware is very little.
    But Windows!!! That's another thing.
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    and the best thing is, Linux is free.. I would prefer to use Linux server instead of windows. CentOS is probably one of the best web server OS ever.
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    Linux more secured than windows

    Yes, i do agree linux is more secured than windows hosting. We get all solutions easily for linux hosting environment in search engines. If any one looking for website desing with ASP,AJAX etc then they can go for windows hosting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lightasair View Post
    Can you run MySQL on a Windows server?
    Yes, Mysql can be run on Windows server. I have windows machine and from windows machine itself, i am posting this comment

    And I have mysql installed on my computer as well
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  12. #27
    Linux is definitely more secured and provide FAR BETTER stability, than Windows Server.

    In case of crash Windows Server boots into stupid recovery, but linux try to recover himself (fsck etc.)
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    Thanks a lot .

    Thanks a lot my friend..This article make me know more about Unix and Windows Web Hosting,i'll surely choose Unix hosting next time!which is very helpful for the users ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by eSupun View Post
    You have missed a*huge* point here- Security!

    Unix systems are very secured as the risk of getting infected by a malware is very little.
    But Windows!!! That's another thing.
    Maybe on desktops, but for web hosting this is not true. There is far more malware designed for Linux based hosting, due to it's popularity, than for Windows servers.

    See ClamAV/clamdb for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imcool View Post
    i want to open a forum website , so what type of hosting do i need?
    I would recommend Linux hosting for forum website. It will be cheaper and also linux is more secure than Windows.
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