Guide To Choose Operating System: Linux VPS and Windows VPS
Windows VPS and Linux VPS: a comparison
Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a small computer hosted on a mother server that enables you to host myriads of applications in environment. The uses of a VPS are innumerable, from hosting websites, hosting apps, to hosting new testing environments.
The list of popular uses of renting a VPS in this article.
You probably have understood the technical terms of having a VPS, which are what is bandwidth, CPU, RAM, or what are the differences between SSD and HHD Storage.
Check out this guide on how to choose the most reliable VPS hosting for you.
It is important that you know these technical terms and conditions and understand these so that you are sure about your decision to purchase.
Now, knowing the role of an Operating System(OS) in a VPS and the differences between Linux VPS and Window VPS is the next step to learning.
Let’s get started!
What is Operating System (OS)?
Operating system (OS) is a software that allows a user to process other applications on a computing device.
If you have a laptop or a desktop PC at home, these devices most probably run on a Windows OS and the Macbook runs on Macintosh.
Besides laptops and PCs, smartphone devices also run on different OS. Android and iOS is the most widely used OS in today’s market. VPS runs on two major OS is Linux and Windows.
Let’s move on to the differences between Linux VPS and Windows VPS.
Operating System: Linux vs Windows
In this comparison, we will be looking at 9 aspects:
Have you ever closed the page because the loading speed of the page is terribly slow? We all face the same problem.
Most of web visitors(47%) expect a website to load in less than 3 seconds. If the loading process takes longer than 5 seconds, the web visitors(41%) will direct leave the website.
This statistics show us how important to have a fast page loading speed. The big question is : What is the difference in perfomence between Linux VPS and Window VPS?
Let’s find out.
VPS running on Linux is specifically intended to be protected with Secure Shell (SSH). SSH is used to handle VPS by typing in command lines. This trait makes it more resource effective for Linux VPS. Linux VPS does not enable the administrator to perform periodic reboots when there are high resource loads. A lower number of reboots would mean higher performance, as more technological hiccups are not likely to happen in any applications hosted on Linux VPS.
Windows VPS is commercial products designed for general users to used. It uses a graphical user interface (GUI), which makes it easier to navigate. This comes with a drawback, though. Your Windows VPS must be rebooted or will be rebooted automatically according to its internal schedule after every major/minor patch and driver/software update. If you recall the scheduled device restart after this update, Windows users most probably think this well. The other drawback of a Windows VPS is that if it is not correctly configured, it can be resource-hungry. This is because there are a lot of pre-installed software on the Windows OS that need a lot of CPU power while running in the background.
Windows VPS definitely surpasses the performance of Linux VPS.
2. SecurityLinux VPS
An important point that gives its topnotch protection to Linux VPS is that is open source for Linux. There is a huge community of expert coders who can test, recognise and comment on its vulnerability. This also makes it easier to fix the bugs and backdoors as soon as possible. ,Because of the reason Linux is more safe, that it has a lower user base. As I explain this in the security section of Windows VPS, you’ll easily understand the reasoning.
88% of all computers on the Internet run on Windows OS, according to an estimate by NetMarketShare. That’s more than two-thirds of all these computers combined! With a large user base, cyber criminals on Windows OS are constantly prying, trying to find a loophole internally.
Is the Operating System affects the security of your VPS?
SO the answer is yes, and no.
The differences between Linux VPS and Windows VPS in security terms are discussed in detail in this article.
If there’s only one OS to crown, Linux VPS is a better than Windows VPS.
Linux thus an open source code, is suitable for hosting open source applications such as PHP/Perl, Java, Python, ROR, SSH, CGI, MySQL, and many more. Here is a compact list of 50 open source software for business users of Linux.
Windows VPS runs on software and applications specific for Windows only which is ASP, MySQL, C#, MS Access and others. Take a look at a list of software and applications produced by Google for Windows.
The majority of ready-to-use commercially available software is aimed at Windows OS. It is not unexpected because compared to Linux, Windows has a greater market share. Nevertheless, all these commercially available software come with a price. The Linux software is open source, so it’s all available free of charge.
4. Control Panel
Creating a website is all about customising and handle different settings and specifications. And all of us the control panel covers this pesky job flawlessly.
Control panels available for Linux (cPanel or Web Host Manager(WHM)).
Windows uses Plesk.
Whether it’s Plesk or cPanel, both interfaces are user-friendly for Linux VPS and Windows VPS.
5. Ease of Use
“Whether it’s easy to use or not, all depends on your technical knowledge.” Linux and Windows does not apply entirely today. Over the years, advances and changes have been made. Let’s take a peek.
Command lines is used to be the enemy of all basic users. But looking at how GUI is now accessible for Linux OS today, there are no more truths that apply. In this post, Lifewire frames the utility of Interface and command lines perfectly in various circumstances. In fact, one of the most common hosting management tools is cPanel that Linux uses.
As a highlighted selling point, Windows brags about its intuitive Interface, which makes it very user-friendly to use.
Linux VPS could be an option if you are a knowledge-seeker and you don’t mind Googling up some information on how to use Linux.
If you think learning is too complicated, and since you’re already very familiar with Windows, Windows is the right choice for you.
For many users, cost is a prime concern. Businesses want costs to be minimized. People want to save money so that they can schedule tours. Nevertheless, we all want to save costs. What more affordable one is it? At this point, it’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?
Linux is open source platform, has considerably lower costs. Every year the Linux OS does not ask you to pay a licence charge. Thanks to generous developers, most Linux software and applications are also free to use.
Windows is a commercial Microsoft software, so users have to pay a licence fee. Our Windows VPS plans provide licencing fees for Windows.
If you don’t mind paying a premium for familiarity, then the good choice is Windows VPS.
You can go for a Linux VPS if you cringe at the knowledge of having to pay extra every month. In terms of performance, security, cost and server access, Linux VPS has its perks.
However, there is one important thing that you must consider- programming language. Linux and Windows is a different languages.
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