|Server Operating Systems
Anybody who decides to get a web hosting service or facility
for their website will also soon be faced with the tough question
of what server they will need. Will their website be run by
a Windows server operating system or will they prefer to go
for a Unix system?
Typical Windows servers will run on Windows NT, Windows 2000
or Windows XP, while Unix servers could be Linux or Open BSD
to name just two. The truth is that both systems have there
pros and cons.
If site stability and uptime are critical for you and your new
website, then Unix should be your choice because they are generally
thought to be superior in stability. Windows have the disadvantage
that they usually require rebooting much more often. Still Windows
are miles ahead when it comes to ease of use. A Windows server
operating system will generally be much easier to operate and
administer than its' Unix counterpart.
On the other hand, Unix, even with its' stability may not end
up being so user-friendly, especially for non-techies. There
is also a price to pay for the extra stability which is evident
in Unix systems. Usually Unix machines will require their software
to be updated on a very regular basis. All in all, Unix server
operating systems are favored over windows as they are widely
considered to be more stable.
Still if truth be told, when both systems are correctly installed,
there is really very little difference and they will give you
basically the same results. In effect this does not make this
an easy decision to reach. In fact this is the main factor that
complicates the issue, causing even more confusion and making
it very difficult for the webmaster to make a decision either
way. However for many, the final answer to the question of which
server operating system is preferable, is quite often made by
analyzing and comparing the costs of both and going with the
more affordable option.
About the author:
Lois S. is a Technical Executive Writer for http://www.websitesource.com