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Windows vs Linux features

We are often asked which hosting platform one should choose, Unix or Windows 2000. Below, we've listed the major differences between the two that you should consider in making your final decision. In the process, we have also tried to dispel any common misconceptions regarding these platforms.

Important:

One of the biggest misconceptions is that you have to run UNIX on your own computer in order for you to host your site on UNIX platform. That is not true. Which operating system you run on your computer is irrelevant in making your decision. This means that if you are running Windows98 or Windows 2000 on your computer, you can still choose UNIX.

 

Unix

Windows

Ease of Use
Reliability
Speed

Functionality

Lower hosting cost
Integration with Microsoft solutions
Free/Open Source Software

Ease of use:

Over the years, many resources have been poured into both UNIX and Windows 2000 platforms to make hosting as easy as possible. Today, there are no differences in terms of ease of use between these platforms. If you are an advanced user who prefers to work in shell environment, then UNIX is your choice. However, if you are a beginner, you will find both platforms user friendly, especially with the help of Hosting Accelerator, PLESK.

Reliability:

The industry consensus is that UNIX is more reliable. However, NetHostSpace has made sure that the reliability of the Windows 2000 platform closely matches that of UNIX's. What this means is that you can make your decision based on the differences in features rather than on reliability.

Speed:

There is no difference in terms of speed between the two platforms.

Functionality:

This is where two platforms differ the most. There isn't much that can be achieved in one platform that can't be on the other one. The main difference is how the end is achieved. For example, if you need a database driven web site, you can choose either PHP/MySQL combination under UNIX or ASP/MS SQL combination under Windows 2000. The trend is for solutions to be supported in both platforms. For example, Microsoft FrontPage, one of the most popular web site editors out there, is supported on both UNIX and Windows 2000. Please see below for the list of supported features. However, Windows plans do have more features available in the control panel than the Unix plans.

Price:

Here UNIX holds a slight edge due to the fact that most of the software licenses are free and it is easier to maintain UNIX servers than Windows 2000 servers for the same level of reliability and performance. But you will not see that our hosting prices reflect this. Unless you specifically plan to use Windows 2000 platform specific features (see below), it probably makes sense to choose the UNIX platform.

Supported Features

Unix

Windows

MS Front Page 2000, 2002
Flash
Shockwave

Real Audio / Video

Cgi-script
Perl
PHP
SSH (Secure Telnet)  
MySQL  
Miva  
ASP (Active Server Pages) and ASP.net  
MS Access  
MS SQL  
Visual Basic Scripts  
Windows Media  
Web Server Apache IIS (Internet Information Server
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