Why Linux for your web site

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Why Linux for your web site

Since its introduction in 1991, Linux has grown to become a much appreciated operating system capable of solving daily tasks for users in many areas. Linux is the most used web server operating system in the world out numbering Windows servers online by millions of servers. Here are several reasons why Linux may be right for you:

  1. Save Costs
    Most Linux flavors are free. But this not applies to the operating system, many application packages like office suites and databases come with it for free. See the section on OpenOffice.
  2. Open Source
    All source code is freely accessible; there are no secrets, no proprietary ties, no license fees. See The Open Source Page. This is especially important for government and military operations that want to ensure that there are not hidden code in the applications they use that can be used for political reasons.
  3. Fast
    Linux is fast, and will run on lesser hardware than many other modern operating systems. Your old 486 can do something useful again with Linux.
  4. Stable
    Linux is stable. It normally doesn't crash. A Linux server can be up for hundreds of days.
  5. Transparent
    With Linux, you can always find out what the system is doing, and why. All configuration files are in plain text. Linux will do what you ask it for, no more, no less. It doesn't do magic stuff behind your back.
  6. In rapid development
    Linux develops from day to day. Often you can get bugfixes within a few days from when the bug was reported. You can, however, also choose to run a stable version and only upgrade when security problems are found, or when a major release takes place.
  7. Many programs
    There is a great amount of software available for Linux, for free download on the Internet. Furthermore a wide variety of commercial software is available if your needs aren't satisfied by the free software.
  8. True Multi-Tasking
    Linux provides the ability to run more than one program at the same time. Linux also supports multiple processors as standard.
  9. Born on the Internet
    Linux has been network enabled since the very beginning. Networking and Internet tools are built into the system. Linux is the leading operating system for Internet servers.
  10. X-Window System
    Linux comes with an excellent window system called X, as well as several Window Managers where you can set up your preferred look & feel, virtual desktops, window behaviour etc.
  11. From super computer to handheld
    Linux can be used on a wide range of computers, for a wide range of purposes. It can be used as a webserver or file server, a firewall, a desktop computer, in a cluster of PC's making a super computer for scientific calculations. It can run on Sun Sparc, MIPS and Alpha processors, PowerPC, handhelds and much more. Linux has even been ported to a wrist watch!