3 More Differences Between Linux and BSD

In the first post on this topic, we looked at 3 key differences between Linux and BSD: the licensing, the kernel, and the package management system. The following are three more differences you should probably know.
1. Hardware support – In many cases Linux supports hardware sooner and more often than BSD. This is partly […]

How to Make Grub2 Menu Appear at Boot

On most Linux dedicated servers, grub is the bootloader that gets the operating system loaded when the system first boots. With grub, you can determine which installed kernel version will load, attach any startup options to the kernel, and even load other operating systems. In most cases, grub will do its work silently never showing […]

What is Ncurses?

Ncurses a program for POSIX-compliant operating systems (Linux, Unix, BSD, etc) that is designed to provide a text-based visual interface for a variety of tools. Essentially, programs that rely on ncurses can display GUI-like interfaces within a terminal emulator that support keyboard and even mouse navigation just as a true GUI program would.
Some of the […]

How to Clone a Hard Disk on Your Server

Under normal operations, it would probably be unnecessary to clone your dedicated server’s hard drive. There are, however, instances when it makes sense. Your hard drive may show signs of failure, and a pre-emptive cloning to a new drive could save your data and avoid the prolonged downtime that would come with restoring backups. The […]

How to Troubleshoot Using Dmesg

Linux logs can reveal important information about your server. For system boot messages, the dmesg command provides quick and easy access to critical kernel information. When all is going well, you might not spend much time with dmesg, but when something goes wrong, it is an invaluable troubleshooting tool.
If you need to see boot information […]

Advantages of Running a Free and Open Source Server

The majority of dedicated servers connected to the web use Apache HTTP Server, a free and open source web server program. Many servers also run Linux-based operating systems and rely on open source database servers, such as MySQL. Free and open source software has become quite prolific on the web, and there are many advantages […]

Routine Server Reboots

At one time, it was a common practice of Unix system administrators to reboot their servers regularly, once a month or at another specified interval. This was done to flush the memory, make sure there was nothing wrong with the server, and give it a fresh start.
Nowadays, it seems that many Linux, BSD, and […]

Linux Server Memory Usage

If you are mostly familiar with Windows computers, you may find the way your Linux dedicated server uses memory to be odd or even alarming. When I first started using Linux on a server, it was a bit disconcerting to see Linux use up all of the available RAM. This is much different […]

Advantages of Windows Dedicated Servers

In our previous post, we glanced at the advantages of the Linux dedicated server. Today, we’ll look at the benefits its rival, Windows dedicated server, has to offer.

Support for .NET technologies: The .NET technology is a software framework developed by Microsoft. Therefore, Windows dedicated server is essential for websites that have been built […]

Advantages of Linux Dedicated Servers

In one of our earlier posts, we had discussed the advantages of the Linux and Windows operating systems for servers. Today, we’ll look at the advantages of the Linux-based dedicated server more closely.

Low costs: Being an open-source software, Linux is a good option for server owners looking at a low-cost option for their […]

Why Windows NT Is Not An Operating System For Small Servers

Microsoft has fought hard to retain its monopoly on desktop software. But there have been inroads made into the desktop software market by some smaller companies and open source systems like OpenOffice. But when it comes to operating systems, Microsoft’s flagship product, Windows, hasn’t done as well. Quite frankly, it’s better for big businesses with […]

What Operating Systems Options Are Available For Dedicated Servers?

When it comes to operating systems you have several options. Which one is right for you depends a great deal on your needs. But it does pay to do some careful shopping. In general, these are the options you have with regard to server operating systems:

Linux
Unix
Windows

Each operating system has its strengths and weaknesses. Unix is […]