The word ‘Linux’ sounds a little like a quaint cartoon character, but in fact the word stands for a powerful computer operating system that is no longer just for enthusiasts, and is increasingly becoming a viable alternative to Windows in mainstream computing.
Linux is a UNIX based operating system which has its origins in the early 1990s, and derives its name from its Finnish creator Linus Thorvalds. Linux is “open source”, which effectively means “free to install and use”.
Whilst Linux can be used on home PCs it is mostly known for underpinning industrial-strength servers, particularly web servers.
The cost benefits of not having to pay software license fees could be reason enough for choosing a Linux server to host your website. However, the reputation of Linux-based servers is not founded on cost advantages alone.
Linux servers have also developed a reputation for reliability, complemented by extended periods of uptime (counted in months rather than weeks).
Moreover, a Linux server is far less prone to security breaches than severs based on other operating systems, mostly down to the uncompromising, self-protective way that Linux is coded.
Finally, a Linux server is compatible with a host of other open source applications which can help you build a website for free. These include web hosting server software, database packages, and CMS’.
Here at CWCS, should you choose a Linux dedicated server for your website, we can help you on your way with passionate customer service and first-rate 24/7 technical support, provided by phone and email.Return to blog page