Over the years Linux and Windows have both been acknowledged as popular options for the Web Hosting industry. But undeniably there is a vast difference between the two. Linux is widely preferred over Windows because unlike the Windows Products which are quite costly, Linux provides numerous free Enterprise Grade Operating System’s which are ideal for web hosting. This has rapidly swayed many web hosting companies using their services. Linux Web Hosting Services have many similarities with Windows but Windows Products are not cost effective because of how expensive they ultimately are. Hence, Linux still holds its undisputed popularity streak of being widely known and used.
In terms of performance and multi-tasking of web services, Linux bridges the two. Linux has earned its popularity faster than windows because it is cheaper to get started and has a better track record of security than Windows. Linux covers a broader scope of different operating systems such as Debian, Red Hat, CentOS. The Windows Operating system is the flagship brand of Microsoft.
Security wise, hackers have always preferred attacking Windows over Linux because the UNIX variants are perceived to have inherently reliable security features which restict hackers from wrecking havoc but this is however, just one aspect of it. Security does not depend on the Web Hosting Operating System; it rather depends on the Web Hosting Company’s Administrators using the Operating Systems.
Downtime is another primary concern when hosting a website. Moreover, due to how quick Linux reboots and multitasks, it rather enables users to save time. Comparably, Linux has less downtime than Windows. In this regard, Linux is a preferable option than Windows.
Linux has other remarkable features of allowing users acess to resources via Telnet and SSH (Secure Shell) . PHP, ASP and ColdFusion are additional for processing scripts when users are dealing with forms. Between Windows and Linux, the usage of ColdFusion is mutual but; PHP has a greater influence and affinity to Linux while ASP works by default only on Windows. When it comes to Common Gateway Interface (CGI)/ Perl, even though both server systems use this processing method, it is more likely to have CGI and Perl available on Linux Servers. Regarding Cost, Performance, Security and Downtime, Linux is more preferable than Windows.