Should I Use CentOS for Business?

If you ask someone at Red Hat about CentOS, they will likely tell you that it is a great “community” distribution, but for enterprise servers, you need Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the support that comes with it. This is their job, of course, to promote their own software, but there is also some truth […]

The Total Cost of Owning a Linux Server

When purchasing a car, a home, or other major investment, many financial experts may inform you about the total cost of ownership (TCO). Beyond the sticker price, you need to know how much it will cost to maintain it, insure it, and power it for the duration of its life. Similarly, a server and its […]

Do I Need A Commercial Linux Distribution?

Your shiny new server is just begging for an operating system or perhaps even two or three, if you intend to use virtualization. You might have already decided to use a Linux-based operating system, which is popular for Internet-connected servers. What you might still need to decide, however, is whether to use a community distribution […]

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 […]

Build an Open Source Private or Hybrid Cloud with Eucalyptus

Building your own private or hybrid cloud sounds rather difficult, but with the right solution, you can create a stable AWS-compatible cloud and have user-friendly tools to manage it. Eucalyptus is one such solution. It is a free and open source cloud platform that follows industry standards to deliver an AWS-compatible cloud solution.
Eucalyptus works by […]

Server OS Profile: CentOS

Sometimes you need enterprise-level software but cannot afford the enterprise-level price. Such is often the case with dedicated servers. Many individuals and companies operate on a limited budget and cannot afford to pay for licensing and support for an enterprise server OS such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Others simply may not need the paid […]

Server OS Profile: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

For many years, some people believed it was impossible for a free and open source operating system like Red Hat Linux to be profitable. With the formulation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the company Red Hat proved that theory wrong and also established Linux as one of the most widely-used Unix server alternatives. It now […]

Getting Linux Server Community Help

Running an unmanaged server is a lot of work. In a previous post, we looked at options for paid support for Linux servers, but with a limited budget, paid support might not be an option you can even consider. There is really only one other alternative: community support.
Fortunately for you, Linux community support is […]

Paying for Linux Server Support

Some people who are new to Linux dedicated servers have the mistaken perception that Linux must necessarily be free of charge. Linux is definitely free software, but when Linux users talk about it being free, they are usually referring to its free and open source license, not its price.
When you pay for commercial software, one […]

How to Get Troubled Server Applications Fixed

Picture this.  You wake up one morning to several text messages, emails, and even voice mail messages all saying essentially the same thing.  Something is wrong with your dedicated server.  It could be something small, like a single web-based tool that is not functioning properly, or something huge like an […]

What is the Best Server Operating System?

Proponents of each operating system will always give you different answers to this question, but it is important for you to decide which one is best for your circumstances.  Choices include the many variations of GNU/Linux, the numerous descendants of BSD, several versions of Windows Server, Solaris, Mac OS X Server, and several proprietary iterations […]

Managed vs. Unmanaged Servers

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make when deciding to get a dedicated server is whether you will use a managed server or unmanaged server. On the surface, the differences are clear: a managed server, like those offered by, are systems in which your service provider, to some degree, takes care […]

Open Source Help Desk Solutions

As a dedicated server administrator, one of the most important services you can offer to your clients, customers, and users is support. Whether the support is for web hosting, server management, or even one-time services, you need to offer a solution that is convenient and easy to use.
In a previous post, we […]

8 Ways to Offer Support to Your Clients

More than likely, your dedicated server is not only for personal use. Most dedicated servers are used for some type of business or non-profit websites. Whether it is a dedicated gaming server or a growing web hosting business, your clients or customers will invariably need technical support. Here are eight ways you […]