User Friendliness - Over the years, many resources have been poured into both Linux 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 Linux is your choice. However, if you are a beginner, you will find both platforms user friendly, especially with a help of Gearworx (Net) control panel, Control Panel.

Reliability - The industry consensus is that Linux is more reliable. However, Given the background of Linux, which dates back into the early 1960's versus Windows birth in the 1990's, Linux has had far more time to improve in efficiency and stability. It is our opinion that Windows NT/2000 was not developed for the multi-user, shared-server hosting environment (which can be a high demanding environment at times) where Linux kernel has been developed under these conditions.

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. M any open source applications which have gained tremendous popularity, such as PERL, PHP, and mySQL were developed for Linux operating systems under the GNU license. Commercial applications versus GNU software can easily distinguish which platform should be used when considering functionality. 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 Linux 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 Linux and Windows®2000. Please see below for the list of supported features.

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Price - Because Linux holds a slight edge due to the fact that the most of the software licenses are free under the GNU license and that it's easier to maintain Linux hosting prices are going to be cheaper than Windows®2000 hosting. You will 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 Linux platform.

MySQL in Linux vs. Windows - Find out the difference of MySQL in Linux and Windows operating systems. Although MySQL has been proven to be stable in the Windows operating system there are a few exceptions. You may view these few exceptions by visiting the MySQL web site.

It is our opinion, the Linux platform is much more suited for multi-user functionality than the Windows platform. For clients looking to create a simple website with little experience or dynamic features with GNU software (PERL, PHP), we recommend our Linux hosting. However, clients looking for e-commerce add-ons for their virtual server or with high-end data basing or development needs, we recommend the Windows platform.