more Unix vs NT info visit: http://www.unix-vs-nt.org/.
operating system do web hosting companies use?
Currently there are only three operating systems that
are recommended for web serving, Unix (which has many
variations including Sun Solaris), Microsoft Windows
NT, and Apple System. Since using Macintosh servers
for hosting is a rather new idea and rarely supported
we will only be looking at NT and Unix hosting.
it matter what operating system I am running?
No, it really doesn't matter whether you are running
Unix at home and choose an NT hosting company to host
your web site or vice-versa, they all use the universal
TCP/IP protocol. Using an ftp client such as Cute-ftp
you can upload your web pages to any server.
my HTML/HTM pages appear different depending on which
operating system the server is using?
No, the page will look the same if it is served from
an NT server rather than a UNIX and vice-versa. If your
site simple consists of a few html pages then you should
have no preference to which operating system the server
is running at this stage.
difference does it make then?
You will notice very little difference (apart from maybe
price) unless you intend to create an interactive or
database driven web-site, which requires certain tools,
which vary on NT and UNIX servers.
is the cheapest?
You will generally find Unix hosting companies are cheaper
than NT hosting services, this is because the majority
of Unix operating systems and software are freeware.
If you intend to use a lot of perl programs on your
site then we strongly recommend Unix, although Perl
is available for NT is it not naturally supported. Many
of perl scripts available on the Internet are intend
for Unix and some will include functions that will only
work on a Unix system, such as the use of Sendmail.
However if you are prepared to experiment with the settings
and adjust the code then you can run Perl scripts on
NT, you can even program them to take advantage of ODBC
is best for a database backend?
Many people would argue that a combination of Perl and
MySQL/mSQL on a Unix Server is the best for database
access, it's cheap and can support many con-current
threads. Others would argue that ASP and Access/MS SQL
on an NT is better, since you can create and edit the
database from your desktop and those with knowledge
in Visual Basic will find this combination easier to
program. However, this is a lot more resource demanding
than the UNIX combination and hence searches may appear
slow and/or you will be expect to pay more for an account
supporting these features.