The internet runs largely on open-source software. Most of the web servers are powered by Linux machines running the Apache server system, and include PHP5 and MySQL for the creation and maintenance of dynamically served web pages.
CWCS dedicated servers and virtual dedicated servers come with the choice of a range of open-source and proprietary operating systems and the latest in web technologies. If you have a spare machine at work or at home and would like to get to grips with the benefits of open-source software, it is a lot easier than you might think.
The Linux operating system is freely downloadable and these days, installs easily without any huge amount of technical knowledge. While there are several popular Linux distributions available for free download, one of the easiest for newcomers to Linux is Ubuntu. The operating system fits onto a single CD and can be even be run from the CD disk so that you can try out the operating system and make sure that all your hardware is working without making any changes to your computer.
Likewise, the Apache web server and PHP5 and MySQL can be easily and quickly installed on a Ubuntu system, giving you a powerful set of tools to develop your website off-line. The best thing about open-source software is that it is free, and there is a host of help available on the internet to get you up-and-running in the shortest possible time. Having your very own local web server capable of running PHP and MySQL means that you can experiment with getting your web site working just as you would like before uploading it to the world at large.