Web Hosting – Linux or Windows?

I’m not a geek. But, yes, I’m highly inquisitive and continuously look forward for better performance in lower budget 😛 . I personally come across many people who want to know whether it’s ok to go for Linux hosting. When I ask them the reason, they would usually say that windows is user friendly compared to Linux. While in desktop/laptop segment, Windows rules (and is perceived as user friendly, which may not be true, but this is no the right platform), Linux rules in Server Segment. Day by Day, Linux is eating away market share of windows. In recent years, we saw, according to IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, factory revenue in the worldwide server market grew for Linux while it shrank for Windows.

Linux vs Windows Web Hosting

Here’s a nice article which shows the current situation and portrays the growth of Linux as the OS for servers.

Let’s look into some of the advantages:

1. Features: Some of the most popular tools like PHP, POP3, HTML, JavaScript, and MySQL are supported on both Windows and Linux Web Host. However, some tools such as ASP, .NET, FrontPage, MSSQL, Access, and Windows Streaming Media are mostly supported on Windows Web Hosts. Some of these tools do have support on Linux, it is very limited and sometimes expensive to use. PHP is one of the vastly used tool nowadays. Being an open source and being used by more and more developer today, it’s a vastly growing tool. In fact facebook has been developed in PHP.

2. Cost effectiveness: Being an open source, Linux is usually cost effective.

3. Stability and performance: It has often been seen that when multiple processes run at one time, Linux handles such processes much better than Windows does. In other words, the stability of Windows seems to decrease more than the stability of Linux when multiple processes run simultaneously. Though it is not the only factor that determines the effectiveness of a server, it plays an important role.

I guess this much is enough, isn’t so?

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1 Comment

  1. T35 Hosting
    June 12, 2012

    Excellent post. I think this Linux vs. Windows argument will be going on forever. It all depends on personal preference and what your specific company needs in terms of web hosting.


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