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Windows Vs Linux Web Hosting

Windows Vs Linux Web Hosting
By Pamela Henderson

The topic I have chosen to write about is no new issue at all. There are lots of write ups about Windows vs. Linux web hosting. Still people get little confused about choosing the hosting platform for their websites. I want to clarify the matter in very simple way. Actually there is nothing troublesome in deciding either Windows or Linux. Both the systems have their unique features and it is up to the choice of the clients to use certain software and the expertise of the administration in using the service.

Now I like to simply point out the issue below with a try to resolve the most talked about issue Windows vs. Linux web hosting. Hope you will understand the things and can decide your suitable hosting service.

  • The foremost thing that comes in consideration in deciding Windows vs. Linux web hosting is the point of affordability. Linux comes with free license to use, whereas for Windows you have to pay for every property. So the charge of Windows hosting is much higher than Linux.
  • One of the vital points that ever keep the Windows vs. Linux web hosting issue alive is use of technology for website development. There are technologies like – PHP, ASP,.NET; or database type – Access, MSSQL, Mysql. If you want to use ASP, .Net or Access, MSSQL which are sole property of Microsoft, you have to use Windows hosting only. Whereas PHP, Mysql are open source and can be used on both Linux and Windows.
  • People get confused about the level of performance of Windows vs. Linux web hosting. Actually there is no such issue of bad performance. Windows web hosting is sometimes found performing slow as it tries to encompass a lot many services in a package. But in case of Linux there is the point of extension to make the service as per requirements. So the Linux comes little fast in performance. If Windows is also used properly there will not be any such issue.
  • Some people try to say that Linux is more secure, reliable and stable in use when the comparison is Windows vs. Linux web hosting! They say the security level is high in Linux. But the reliability, stability and security are also high in Windows. It is up to the web host admin to use both the services properly. Otherwise both is vulnerable to attack by hackers.
  • Last but not the least is the point of support in Windows vs. Linux web hosting service. Some say Linux has huge open community support to fix trouble in running hosting service. They say Microsoft is not that much careful to provide proper support! But have you ever thought – how a business can ignore its paid users? Sometimes there may be delay in providing help but Microsoft does provide better support.

Hopefully you have understood how silly the comparison of Windows vs. Linux web hosting service is! Both the hosting service come with their unique and better features. It is totally at the discretion of the clients and expertise of the service provider to make any hosting service look and perform best. Simply if you do not have much money in your hand and want to start up with simple site and hope to take it to complex and high level, Linux is your best choice.

Again if you have got designer and developers who know how to use Microsoft website building service in best way and you have good money to spend on buying Windows hosting, go for it and relax. I like to sum up the Windows vs. Linux web hosting topic in the tune – you are going to drive your vehicle: so fill the oil tank according to your pocket and distance of the destination.

This article about “Windows Vs. Linux web hosting” has been written by Pamela Henderson for onlinewebdirectory.com. This web directory has a web host directory where you are going to come across several web hosting companies who provide both or either of Linux and Windows hosting services. If you want to get information about web design company, graphic design companies and other web related services – this directory is of immense help.

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A Sneak Peek Into Window Based Application Development

By Shania Ellis

There are mainly two types of applications available either window based or web based. Windows based applications are the computer based applications which operates from the computer and runs only on windows operating system. These can be run only on those computers where it is installed. Generally both are confused but there are many differences between them.

Web based applications require web browser and internet connection and can be access on any operating system installed in computer. Each of these programs has their own benefits and drawbacks. Web based applications are fast as the user does not have to install anything before using them and we can access the same program on different computer system. On the opposite side, if the server is not responding we can’t do a single access in web based application. Previously windows were considered to be simple graphical user interface which ran on MS-DOS platform having their own file format and device drivers for running a particular application. But with the advancement of technology various software are introduced which gives a multiple user interface and allows window to run applications bigger than accessible memory. The most advanced window operating system is Windows 7 having great number of new features like touch support, home networking system and SuperBar. Windows 7 is more compatible with applications and hardware than previous operating systems.

Window based application can be developed in several ways. Visual Studio 2005 and Microsoft.NET Framework are the more acceptable application that can be installed as a service on our system. By using Visual Studio 2005 the application development becomes quicker, easier, and more reliable and by.NET programming application user can control the actions like when to start and stop. Windows operating system with.net perk up the speed at which they are operated as they are directly run from operating system. In.NET framework, different programming languages such as VB.NET, VBScript, and Managed C++ and C # can be used for developing window applications, since the.NET Framework is independent of one particular language and are supportive of many kinds of programming languages. Furthermore,.NET Framework can be used for running applications in nearly all platforms such as Linux, UNIX and Macintosh without any hindrance.

The reason why.Net framework is able to support many programming languages is because of its use of the dominant Common Language Runtime engine (CLR). The application programming codes are compiled into a Microsoft Intermediate Language (MSIL) code instead of resident codes which helps in running the application by creating the resident code. In India, there are a number of companies which uses.Net programming. As the global phenomenon is constantly changing and IT professionals know that rather than remaining just as a “specialist”, they should rather develop proficiency and practical experiences in industries, market segments and core business processes that would help them adapt to the changing ecosystem.

Shriv ComMedia Solutions (SCMS) has acquired skill set compatible with the emerging trends and demands. The areas of our skill set include window based application technologies, web application services, web development, multimedia, and technical writing.

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Where Are The Linux Workplaces?
By David Heffelfinger

When I was in college, lower level CS course assignments were done in DOS PC’s networked through Novell Netware. Once a student got to take higher level courses, he/she was given an account into one of the department’s SunOS Unix servers. Most students from basic courses suffered from “Unix envy”, the Sun boxes were perceived as being much more powerful than the humble PC’s. As a I entered the workplace, I brought my college perception that Unix workstations are more powerful than PC’s with me.

In my first couple of jobs after college I was given a Unix workstation to work with, first an HP UX workstation, then a SunOS box, and I couldn’t have been happier about it. After I transferred to a new department in that same job, I was given my first Windows NT workstation ever, I was disappointed not to have my own Unix workstation anymore.

Ever since, I’ve had nothing but Windows workstations given to me in every Job I’ve had. And I’ve had quite a few, since I’ve been doing contract work for a few years now. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating that every company switch all of their employees to Linux, but I’ve wondered why IT departments have been so slow to adopt it. IT workers do minimal, if any, office work, therefore the lack of Microsoft Office availability is not a major concern, for whatever documents or spreadsheets an IT worker might have to create, OpenOffice.org is more than enough.

Most big companies have adopted Java as their official programming language, at least as far as server side development is concerned. In many cases, Java applications are deployed to Unix servers, however most developers are given Windows workstations to work with. Wouldn’t it make sense to give the developers an environment as similar as possible as the production environment?

I earn my paycheck writing Java EE applications, and I’m lucky enough that my current client allows me to work using my Linux laptop, but many places don’t allow just any device to be plugged into their network.

Besides the obvious savings in license fees, Linux offers other advantages like lack of viruses and worms, and better security overall. Linux does not lack media exposure, we’ve all seen the IBM commercials, and it is frequently mentioned in IT magazines. Why hasn’t it been adopted more widely? I don’t have the answer to that question, I’m going to have to speculate.

One reason could be the perception that Linux is difficult to use. This might have been the case a few years ago, but today, with a modern desktop environment like GNOME or KDE, Unix knowledge is not really needed to use a Linux workstation, operation is basically point and click, not much different from a Windows or OS X box.

Another reason might be a concern of Linux might not interoperate well with the rest of the company’s (Microsoft based) IT infrastructure. With tools like Samba, OpenOffice.org and Evolution (with the Ximian connector), this shouldn’t be a concern.

Another reason could be the perception that Linux does not support enough hardware. This is somewhat true, but if you are careful when selecting your hardware, you can easily get a fully functional Linux box. Most unsupported hardware have no place in the workplace anyway, I’m mainly talking here about USB devices like digital cameras and MP3 players.

Looks like most reasons Linux is not being adopted in the workplace are based on false assumptions and incorrect perceptions. How can we promote Linux adoption in the workplace? Seems to me the answer lies in educating and informing the “powers that be” in IT departments. Talking to managers in terms they understand, emphasizing reduced costs and increased productivity. Reduced cost because of the license savings, increased productivity because less time is spent applying service packs and patches, and the chances of catching a virus drop to near zero.

Convincing managers to give Linux a try is easier said than done, I know, but Rome wasn’t built in a day.

David Heffelfinger is a Software Engineer with over 10 years of experience. He is the editor in chief of Ensode.net a technology website providing articles about Java, Linux and other technology topics

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