To help you choose the
best operating system (OS) for your Web site to reside on, I have
developed the following guidelines:
start with a definition of an operating system, which is the software
platform on which a web server runs.
Red Hat Linux:
Linux is an excellent
operating system that is well suited to meet your web hosting needs. It
handles the functions of mailing, and serving up Web sites and files
especially well. Additionally, there are a huge amount of free
applications available on the Internet for Linux and it uses less hardware
resources than Windows 2003. Whether you are a fairly experienced
webmaster or new to web hosting, we recommend that you choose Red Hat
Linux as your hosting platform.
Red Hat Linux is most widely used
hosting platform in the world.
Microsoft Windows 2003:
Windows 20003 server provides a suitable platform for serving up Web
sites, files, and streaming media. Additionally, it integrates well with
other Microsoft applications and there are a large amount of commercial
applications available for this OS. We recommend you choose Windows 2003
as your hosting platform only if you are using specific applications that
require Microsoft Windows to run such as Access, Cold Fusion, ASP, .Net,
and Microsoft SQL. Microsoft FrontPage may be used on both the Linux and
One of the biggest misconceptions is that you have to select the
same operating system for your hosting account that you use on your own
computer. That is simply not true. This means you can select Linux for
your hosting account if you currently use Windows 95, 98, NT/200, or XP on
your own computer. We suggest that everyone who chooses a shared hosting
plan, host their Web site on Linux if they are not utilizing or intend to
utilize ASP, Cold Fusion, or MSSQL 2000.