I am not a techy guy at all but I have a couple of simple websites I play around with. I was looking to experiment with another website and when I was looking into external hosting options, I came across two.

What is the difference between Linux hosting and Windows Hosting?

Is there a real difference in speed or use?
Are there certain things you can and cannot do with Linux hosting compared to Windows?

I don't have the time nor expertise to run my own server so the site would be on a hosting company (like GoDaddy).

Is there a difference with maintenance / running a site on the two operating systems on your own server compared to on an external server?

It's not really an English question but still a good way to practise your skills. Emotion: smile
the difference is that linux has been around ALOT longer than windows hosting, therefor most scripts you find around the net will work on linux, whereas they won't always work on windows. The advantage to windows is familiarity, thats about it. It does come with its own language such as ASP.NET but PHP is much easier anyway and supported by both.

Windows will still limit what you can achieve.

Richard Williams
Hi,

The difference is nothing but the Operating System (OS) that we are going to implement for the server. Linux is more secure than windows. Linux is totaly free from viurs attackes. And also you can experience a lot in Linux hosting. My Vote goes to Linux...... Linux .... Linux.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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I've been working with Linux for already 6 years. And if I were looking for a hosting, I would take a Linux based only. =)
Linux is an open source system and is therefore more cost-effective to operate and maintain than Windows, meaning that Linux hosting will cost you less than Windows hosting. Linux also has a reputation for stability and speed which means that Linux web servers will crash less often than Windows web servers and Linux runs most processes faster than Windows.
Linux supports a wide range of software, applications, languages, and databases such as PHP, Perl, PostGre, MySQL, PostgreSQL and many others making it very scalable. On the downside, Linux is not fully compatible with some Microsoft technologies so if you are using Access, ASP, MS SQL, or VB development tools then Windows would be a better bet.

The main "advantage" or distinction of Windows servers is that they can run Microsoft software such as Access and MS SQL databases. Windows servers also offer web developers the use of Microsoft's programming environments such as Active Server Pages (ASP), Visual Basic Scripts, MS Index Server.
Users can develop web site using the familiar interface of Microsoft tools such as, Visual Interdev, and Microsoft Access. With ASP users can develop a database-driven web site using Microsoft Access and Microsoft SQL as the database
Linux is an open source system and is therefore more cost-effective to operate and maintain than Windows, meaning that Linux hosting will cost you less than Windows hosting. Linux also has a reputation for stability and speed which means that Linux web servers will crash less often than Windows web servers and Linux runs most processes faster than Windows.
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