You can select from a range of operating systems (OS) on a VPS. I would recommend going with CentOS and using cPanel for your control panel.
You cannot ping some providers due to it being disabled on their side. For example, we utilize DDoS protection and disable ping requests. However, most providers should have an IP that you can ping.
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