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    VPS: Linux or Windows?

    I've read many opinions about both, Linux and Windows VPSes and I created an opinion that Linux OS is way better than windows vps server.
    Am I wrong? Can someone comment on this question? What are your opinions?

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    • deankdeank Member
      edited October 15

      Did you have to ask this?

      Microsoft themselves do not use Windows servers.

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      Select few always have issues.

    • hzrhzr Member, Moderator

      You can't afford a Windows or Linux VPS if you can't afford $0.01 shared hosting.

    • @hzr said:
      You can't afford a Windows or Linux VPS if you can't afford $0.01 shared hosting.

      So is it really bad to just ask?

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    • @CokoMleko

      Try to make more comments than threads

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    • deankdeank Member

      It's okay to ask. What you've asked though is the obvious.

      It's like asking an alien whether it's an alien. Or asking WSS whether he's really WSS.

      Select few always have issues.

    • @CokoMleko said:
      What are your opinions?

      You can use Markdown in your post.

    • thedpthedp Member

      Sorry but I don't get this. Perhaps the question is wrong to begin with :neutral:

    • tgltgl Member

      Mostly Windows servers are used just when its required (some .NET stuff, or some Windows app), or else they make no sense, or well it does if you want to justify how you spent your money for some project.

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    • SmartHostSmartHost Member, Provider

      Each has it's purpose, and the answer to that is relevant to your specific needs alone.
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    • feezioxiiifeezioxiii Member, Provider

      It's ultimately depens on your usage! Give us more details and we may be able to recommend the one that suit your needs ;)

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    • Linux for linux applications
      Windows for windows applications
      That's it

      Thanked by 2ITLabs Janevski
    • Linux is more efficient but requires learning.

      grape

    • @Jorbox said:
      Linux for linux applications
      Windows for windows applications
      That's it

      This

    • akhfaakhfa Member
      edited October 16

      @corbpie said:
      Linux is more efficient but requires learning.

      I never use windows server, so windows is also require learning

      -> it is strange to configure everything using mouse and click :smiley:

    • somiksomik Member
      edited October 16

      Windows server is great for remote apps. This is a situation where you host your application on windows server and when the users open the application on their computer, it runs directly from the windows server. It requires a powerful windows server and lets you get away with lousy client computers.

      There are also situations where you require Windows Server for specific windows based applications you require on your hosting plan.

      So there is no such situation as Linux is always better then windows. It is just that for most use cases, linux is better then windows, but there are some situations where windows is better then linux.

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      Don't be so serious. It's just a forum. No one cares what you think anyway.

    • creepcreep Member

      Debian > Centos.

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    • If you read the below you will get why people usually prefer Linux:
      1. Linux is totally free of charge
      2. Linux is way more secure than Windows (but this is obvious :) )
      3. Linux is Lightweight and Fast
      4. 99% of the time, Linux doesn’t require you to reboot computer to update software, edit system settings or something like that
      5. You can customize Linux to do whatever you want to do and let it behave however you want it to behave.
      6. Linux is a community-driven project. Ask and the community tell what you have done and they will provide you a solution
      I like very much this "quality" of the Linux - People are oriented to help

      So that is the top basic's thinks why Linux is better :)

    • ITLabsITLabs Member
      edited October 22

      Nevermind, lack of coffee. :-(

      Thanked by 1Janevski
    • Linux is about control. You know more about what goes under Linux's hood than Windows. The problem is learning how to control it well. Windows makes easy tasks easy and difficult tasks difficult. Linux makes difficult tasks easy (if you learn it well), although sometimes easy tasks can be frustrating once in a while when you don't know how to do it at first.

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    • AlwaysSkintAlwaysSkint Member
      edited October 22

      @somik said:
      So there is no such situation as Linux is always better then windows. It is just that for most use cases, linux is better then windows, but there are some situations where windows is better then linux.

      Then? Then what?! :neutral:

      Support open-source, go on, you know you want to.

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    • somiksomik Member

      @AlwaysSkint said:

      @somik said:
      So there is no such situation as Linux is always better then windows. It is just that for most use cases, linux is better then windows, but there are some situations where windows is better then linux.

      Then? Then what?! :neutral:

      Summary:
      Stick with linux unless you have a specific reason that you need windows for.

      Don't be so serious. It's just a forum. No one cares what you think anyway.

    • @somik said:

      @AlwaysSkint said:

      @somik said:
      So there is no such situation as Linux is always better then windows. It is just that for most use cases, linux is better then windows, but there are some situations where windows is better then linux.

      Then? Then what?! :neutral:

      Summary:
      Stick with linux unless you have a specific reason that you need windows for.

      Whoosh! (Flies overhead).
      https://www.dictionary.com/e/then-than/

      Support open-source, go on, you know you want to.

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    • ASP.Net Core can be hosted on Linux, and so is SQL Server. Those used to be two main use cases for a Windows VPS.

      Only reason to get one now is akin to getting an elective lobotomy - for shits and giggles and to kill brain cells.

    • Server wise I don't know why anyone would choose Windows. I learned Linux after upgrading from shared hosting to OVZ6 VPS to KVM and then to a cheapo dedi with Kimsufi. After all that I formatted my HDD, installed Mint and put windows in a VM to be activated only when necessary. I have left the dark side.

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    • Linux if it can do everything you need. Not having to pay the licensing costs is good

    • @Cloudware said:
      If you read the below you will get why people usually prefer Linux:
      1. Linux is totally free of charge
      2. Linux is way more secure than Windows (but this is obvious :) )
      3. Linux is Lightweight and Fast
      4. 99% of the time, Linux doesn’t require you to reboot computer to update software, edit system settings or something like that
      5. You can customize Linux to do whatever you want to do and let it behave however you want it to behave.
      6. Linux is a community-driven project. Ask and the community tell what you have done and they will provide you a solution
      I like very much this "quality" of the Linux - People are oriented to help

      So that is the top basic's thinks why Linux is better :)

      Wow, thank you so much, sorry if I asked an easy question, I am just newbie, so I want to learn as much as possible, anyway thanks for the answer

    • Linux is a better choice for server applications.

      Linux Pros :

      It is open-sourced and thus freely available.
      It is very secured and less prone to any cyber threats.
      It supports multitasking functionality.
      It also provides administrative from the system admin support perspective.

      Windows Cons :

      It is not freely available and involved in a high-cost licensing approach.
      It is vulnerable to security threats and cyber crimes.
      It is not a favorable option from the multi-user perspective.
      It is also prone to user made errors and malwares.

    • jsgjsg Member

      @CokoMleko said:
      I've read many opinions about both, Linux and Windows VPSes and I created an opinion that Linux OS is way better than windows vps server.
      Am I wrong? Can someone comment on this question? What are your opinions?

      In your case the answer is clearly WINDOWS - with face recognition and fingerprint reader.

    • somiksomik Member

      @jsg said:

      @CokoMleko said:
      I've read many opinions about both, Linux and Windows VPSes and I created an opinion that Linux OS is way better than windows vps server.
      Am I wrong? Can someone comment on this question? What are your opinions?

      In your case the answer is clearly WINDOWS - with face recognition and fingerprint reader.

      How do you use finger print or facial recognition on a server? You high bro?

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      Don't be so serious. It's just a forum. No one cares what you think anyway.

    • jsgjsg Member

      @somik said:
      How do you use finger print or facial recognition on a server? You high bro?

      • I'm not your "bro".
      • Simple. That's about the only and really effective security one can get with a Windows VPS or dedi.
      Thanked by 1uptime
    • lol @somik

      he's not your "bro", guy!

      :smiley:

      the Amitz.party lives on!

    • VPS: Linux or Windows?

      More important Question:

      Bro or not bro?

      Learning here:

      Colloquial terms do not work well with all geographies, and ages.

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    • somiksomik Member
      edited October 24

      @uptime said:
      lol @somik

      he's not your "bro", guy!

      :smiley:

      Noted sir Mr. @uptime Sir! :tongue:

      @vyas11 said:
      VPS: Linux or Windows?

      More important Question:

      Bro or not bro?

      Learning here:

      Colloquial terms do not work well with all geographies, and ages.

      Ah, the age old, "To bro or not to bro, that is the question".

      Thanked by 1uptime

      Don't be so serious. It's just a forum. No one cares what you think anyway.

    • vyas11vyas11 Member
      edited October 24

      @somik said:

      Ah, the age old, "To bro or not to bro, that is the question".

      You seem to be a highbrow person [linky link to freedictionary] !

      No wonder you asked,
      "You high bro?"

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    • somiksomik Member

      @vyas11 said:

      @somik said:

      Ah, the age old, "To bro or not to bro, that is the question".

      You seem to be a highbrow person [linky link to freedictionary] !

      No wonder you asked,
      "You high bro?"

      Ahahaha, good one! Seems like I should have omitted the space when I asked the question!

      Don't be so serious. It's just a forum. No one cares what you think anyway.

    • vyas11vyas11 Member
      edited October 24

      @somik said:

      Ahahaha, good one! Seems like I should have omitted the space when I asked the question!

      even better if the highbrow person introduces themselves by omitting the space, no?
      "I-am-a-high, bro"

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    • somiksomik Member

      @vyas11 said:

      @somik said:

      Ahahaha, good one! Seems like I should have omitted the space when I asked the question!

      even better if the highbrow person introduces themselves by omitting the space, no?
      "I-am-a-high, bro"

      Why not:

      "hi-bro, I-m-highbro, you high-too-bro?"

      Anyway, back on topic, windows servers: Unless they are on your local network, I don't see any way to use windows hello feature. Unless, wait, you don't mean though the super insecure RDP? I would rather keep my SSH password as "toor" then use RDP.

      Don't be so serious. It's just a forum. No one cares what you think anyway.

    • LyraHostingLyraHosting Member, Provider

      Why u should pick Windows OS if microsoft itself use linux? :smiley:

    • jsgjsg Member

      I'm not highbrow. About the most highbrow thing with me is that I'm sometimes enjoying classical music (at home, not at the opera house).

      But neither am I acutely lowbrow so I'm not used to address or to be addressed by strangers as "bro", "pal", "mate", or the like (but neither am I expecting or desiring to be addressed as "sir").

      Re the thread topic I'm convinced that Windows machines should be remotely accessible ONLY in a tightly controlled environment (if at all) - which the internet is not.

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    • @jsg said:
      I'm not highbrow. About the most highbrow thing with me is that I'm sometimes enjoying classical music (at home, not at the opera house).

      But neither am I acutely lowbrow so I'm not used to address or to be addressed by strangers as "bro", "pal", "mate", or the like (but neither am I expecting or desiring to be addressed as "sir").

      Re the thread topic I'm convinced that Windows machines should be remotely accessible ONLY in a tightly controlled environment (if at all) - which the internet is not.

      On my personal computer, I mostly access Windows with a VM. Indeed, Windows should be kept in a controlled environment. Once I manage to do a proper GPU pass through to a windows VM on Linux (seen some tutorials, haven't tried), I will never boot Windows directly.

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    • jsgjsg Member
      edited October 24

      @poisson said:
      On my personal computer, I mostly access Windows with a VM. Indeed, Windows should be kept in a controlled environment. Once I manage to do a proper GPU pass through to a windows VM on Linux (seen some tutorials, haven't tried), I will never boot Windows directly.

      I'm a bit less harsh than you (although your position is well defendable). Ithink there are use cases for Windows, gaming being one, some GPU stuff probably too, and of course lots of business software.
      I see no major problem in running them with Windows on hardware (or VM). Where i do see a problem is when those systems are on a carelessly managed network or even connected to the internet.

      Re servers there might be valid reasons to run a Windows server on the internet but I personally know of none (that's acceptable). And I'd bet that most Windows VPS are used by people who simply don't know or care about security and just want the same they know from their desktop. When those systems are hacked I'm not even shrugging my shoulders; they simply get what they've asked for.

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    • @jsg said:

      @poisson said:
      On my personal computer, I mostly access Windows with a VM. Indeed, Windows should be kept in a controlled environment. Once I manage to do a proper GPU pass through to a windows VM on Linux (seen some tutorials, haven't tried), I will never boot Windows directly.

      I'm a bit less harsh than you (although your position is well defendable). Ithink there are use cases for Windows, gaming being one, some GPU stuff probably too, and of course lots of business software.
      I see no major problem in running them with Windows on hardware (or VM). Where i do see a problem is when those systems are on a carelessly managed network or even connected to the internet.

      Re servers there might be valid reasons to run a Windows server on the internet but I personally know of none (that's acceptable). And I'd bet that most Windows VPS are used by people who simply don't know or care about security and just want the same they know from their desktop. When those systems are hacked I'm not even shrugging my shoulders; they simply get what they've asked for.

      Virtualization technology is pretty good now, and if one can get GPU passthrough into the windows VM, probably the windows VM will perform very close to bare metal for gaming. That's the best of both worlds outcome in my view.

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    • Wow, this conversation got deep :smile:

    • But, i now learned. Just get Linux bro

    • @Cloudware said:
      If you read the below you will get why people usually prefer Linux:
      1. Linux is totally free of charge
      2. Linux is way more secure than Windows (but this is obvious :) )
      3. Linux is Lightweight and Fast
      4. 99% of the time, Linux doesn’t require you to reboot computer to update software, edit system settings or something like that
      5. You can customize Linux to do whatever you want to do and let it behave however you want it to behave.
      6. Linux is a community-driven project. Ask and the community tell what you have done and they will provide you a solution
      I like very much this "quality" of the Linux - People are oriented to help

      So that is the top basic's thinks why Linux is better :)

      1. Objectively, that's not proven because there's no set standards all OS' can follow. Are you comparing out of box defaults or capabilities that could be turned on? CVE's? Pwn2own hacks?

      2. On low end stuff. It can lag Windows due to shared target environment and take months or years to get certain features in the kernel. You can see performance across different OS's vary greatly across different metrics.

      3. The misunderstanding here is that Linux lacks the ability to know when it needs to be rebooted. And when it does know it needs to reboot, it doesn't automatically or make it really apparent. Having nothing to tell you you need to reboot is not the same as being told you don't need to reboot. Many people don't reboot after upgrading kernels or security libraries and unaware they are not in fact patched. This happened several times over the years for shared libraries like openssl. I also need to logout and login again after certain changes on Linux, it's not immune to reboots or needing to reload low level stuff.

    • jsgjsg Member
      edited October 24

      @TimboJones

      I don't like it but I have to agree with you. Most of what @Cloudware said is a mixture of belief and opinion.
      Except for a few exotic OSs that are commercial and have been designed explicitly to be secure (and even that is questionable) I know of only one OS that can justifiably claim at least some security: OpenBSD - and that largely not due to its design but due to its implementation.
      If pressed to name a second halfway secure OS I'd say Windows rather than linux - but with a really big "but": the drivers and most software because those are of very much lower quality. I'll also say why I'd name Windows (to be precise, its core). It is because Microsoft began quite some years ago to learn from its mistakes and they invested big money into software safety, usually in cooperation with some of the best universities (like INRIA). One relatively well know result of all that work is the Z3 SAT/SMT solver that is considered to be among the best if not even the first choice for static verification.
      If I look objectively and professionally at it I can't but note that Microsoft has a much better "factory" than the linux project which, if at all, still uses rather primitive tools for verification (if at all. usually they do just bug hunting and some testing and better linting).

      I'd strongly suggest to let go the simplistic assumption that foss equals secure and good but closed source equals to insecure and bad. That's simply not tenable.

      Linux is a nice and useful OS and I myself use it for much of my work but it's not "better" than Windows. I (and many others) personally happen to like it more as it matches my requirements much better than Windows - but that doesn't mean that it's better.

      Btw. one reason for that is that "better" means different things to different people. I myself avoid using Windows whenever possible but I can understand and see valid reasons for other people preferring Windows.

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    • Windows is good, if you want to ddos.
      And Linux is good, if you want to start your hosting offer in here :)

    • Security aside, it is really much easier to bend Linux to your will with shell. I am not much of a Windows powershell exp, but I don't think Windows comes close in this aspect

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    • somiksomik Member

      @CokoMleko said:
      But, i now learned. Just get Linux bro

      Careful now, some people who's username starts stats with J, contains S and ends with G don't like being spoken in a friendly manner. Lol.

      @jsg said:
      But neither am I acutely lowbrow so I'm not used to address or to be addressed by strangers as "bro", "pal", "mate", or the like (but neither am I expecting or desiring to be addressed as "sir").

      It's just a neutral and friendly way of speaking. Get used to it.

      Don't be so serious. It's just a forum. No one cares what you think anyway.

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