What is Linux?
Linux is an open source operating system. Although Linux is said to be an operating system, it is in fact a kernel (a base) on which several distributions are based and which add certain features to it to meet specific needs. We thus distinguish some distributions of the Linux family: Debian, Red Hat, OpenSuse. The Linux system is the pioneer of web hosting and also the most popular.
The Finnish Linus Torvalds designed the Linux kernel in 1991. He later decided to release it under an open source license, which is a factor in its success. Likewise, he associated it with another unfinished GNU system to form the GNU / Linux system better known as Linux.
The general public is not very familiar with Linux, many recognize the Windows system instead. However, that does not mean that Linux is only the subject of the sophisticated public. Several trades make use of it. In particular web servers, the subject of this article in a way, for supercomputers, on-board systems. It offers performance and flexibility at a lower cost. This is a choice to consider for your web hosting. Of course, as long as you can afford the services of a great web host.
Why you need to choose Linux hosting?
Obviously the choice of web hosting for a web project depends on the characteristics of this project. Actually, if your project is developed with ASP for example, Windows web hosting is best suited. But if the project opens up the possibility of considering Linux or Windows hosting, one would opt for Linux hosting because of the following advantages.
- Economic. Linux distributions are open source. As a result, web hosts will not have to invest large sums in purchasing a proprietary license. As a result, the cost of hosting becomes cheaper for customers. It is therefore the ideal hosting for small businesses and personal sites.
- Popularity and support. Linux hosting is the most popular hosting. This makes it very easy for a user to find help when they encounter blockages. Even if the support of his host is absent, he can still find help from the various communities in the open source world.
- Flexibility and performance. Linux hosting has a reputation for being flexible and capable of providing excellent multitasking performance. Likewise, it is the ideal platform to host applications developed with open source technologies like PHP, MariaDB or Perl.
- Security and stability. They are another important advantage of Linux. Unlike Windows systems, it is less prone to cyber attack. On top of that, it provides a robust secure hosting environment (especially if you go with a trusted host). On the other hand, Linux systems are able to run for long periods of time without requiring a restart.