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  1. #1
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    May I ask a question?

    It seems the new section here on the forum and I wonder if I can ask the question on this forum.
    I need to ask your opinion abot the start of the web hosting company. I know that first of all I need to find the parthner and I have found that:
    http://www.gazzin.com - web hosting company will provide me reseller accounts.
    But I little bit confused about what start with linux or windows reselling (they offer both).
    I have heard that linux is more popular but as well windows become more cheaper and more popular. So what can you recommend?

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    You need to work out which applications you want to run on your sites. Then choose the Operating System that allows you to run those applications. Its best to run them as near native even though there are often third party pluggins for either system

    When we started out Apache had huge lead but we chose windows because it allowed us to run .asp pages & sql server.

    Apache is still the most widely used but recently it fell to below to 50% for the first time. (Windows is about 35% now.)

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    I prefer linux servers. PHP is more powerful and versatile than ASP and it also ties in very nicely with MySQL. Also windows servers are not as secure in my experience.

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    Originally posted by Rob
    I prefer linux servers. PHP is more powerful and versatile than ASP and it also ties in very nicely with MySQL. Also windows servers are not as secure in my experience.
    ditto.

    Also easy to find php and mysql applications and programming help.

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    Apache servers get attacked far more often than IIS servers and Apache servers also get exploited far more often. Even the dominance of Apache can not account for the number of Apache servers that get exploited.

    Both systems are relatively secure - Installing a secure webserver is easy it's the applications on top which require more care.

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    I'd be interested to see some data backing that up. In all the years I've been maintaining servers the only ones that introduced security flaws directly into the operating system were windows. That is why I stopped using them. They'd be working fine and another 'patch' would come out that would suddenly make the system vulnerable. I remember when the slammer worm and others were running rampant across the net - windows servers were propagating it and failing - linux servers were ticking over just fine.
    Last edited by Rob; 08-05-2008 at 03:57 AM.

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    Its hard getting a big enough sample size on a handful of servers for attempted attacks to give a definitive and verified single ratio of Windows v Linux attacks. So our stats are really only anecdotal

    Zone-h publish stats of attacks
    http://www.zone-h.org/component/opti...d,43/filter,1/

    But care needs to be taken when interpreting the single/multi sites per IP as that can really skew the figures.

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    I think the difference is that applications running under linux are often used as exploits. Windows itself has often been exploited. Having to rely on a closed-source patch that may introduce other problems is not appealing to me. Anyway thanks for those figures - that's an interesting site.

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