Comparison of Linux and Windows as Server Operating System

The argument of which operating system is better – Windows or Linux – has been on since the very inception of these operating systems and is likely to continue till the day we stop use them. In today’s post, we will look at how they fare as operating systems for the web server.

While Linux is cost effective, Windows has a wider reach. Before the Linux lovers get angry on the latter part of the last sentence, let me explain. One cannot deny that Microsoft has too many things going around in the computing world. And only a Windows platform provides support for Microsoft applications. This is where it scores over Linux.

Windows supports .NET and ASP. Windows server hosting lets you use the web development tools by Microsoft such as Visual Interdev and Microsoft FrontPage. It also offers support for Visual Basic, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft SQL. And of course, you get to use all the Microsoft Office services as well.

Now, let’s look at what Linux has to offer. Of course, since many Linux software are open source and come free of cost, you can save a considerable amount of money that you would have otherwise spent in acquiring software. Now, look at the technologies it supports. Linux supports PHP, MySQL, and Perl. It supports mSQL, MySQL and PostgreSQL databases.

Linux is considered more secure than Windows when it comes to servers. Cost and stability are areas where Linux scores over Windows.

While both the operating systems have their advantages, your choice will depend on what support you ultimately need.