The UNIX OS has been around since the early 70s and has been rewritten on C, a programming language that provided it with the flexibility to outlive its former hardware. Years after its development, Linus Torvalds created the kernel that evolved the UNIX into LINUX, a so-called free version of the former. Since then, Linux and UNIX has grown and changed into different incarnations of their old selves.
Pros of using UNIX web hosting
UNIX supporters are very proud about how the operating system has enabled hosts to lower their hosting price. As a result, web development becomes cheaper as well. You want to know the reason behind this? Most hosting service providers make use of the free form of UNIX like FreeBSD or Linux. This means they don’t have to spend thousands to purchase the OS and associated tools required to run the server. On top of that, the provider also gets to save up on licenses for the software upgrade each year. Here are other benefits of getting UNIX web hosting:
- You can troubleshoot any issues instead of waiting for the company to fix it.
The great thing about open source OS is that if there is any issue, like a security problem, anybody with the technical skills can come up with a solution and send out a patch. If this were to happen with a commercial OS like Microsoft, you would need to wait for the fix created by the company. And even if they do come up with the solution, you still won’t understand how they fixed the issue because you can’t scrutinize the fix.
- UNIX’s command line interface saves on system resources
One of the many problems of a web developer is keeping within the limitations regarding systems resources. Getting your hands on more resources can be very expensive. Luckily, a machine running on UNIX can still run several programs with at least 32 MB of RAM and remain stable.
- You get a lot of support from the Linux community
The community supporting Linux and UNIX is very active. If you are a beginner, you would be surprised at the amount of references that you can find over the Internet. There are patches that you can download for any issue that you may encounter. If you have any problems, you can post your query on any of the open source forums. Just make sure that you have already looked for a solution online first. This is an unwritten rule for open source enthusiasts.
Can people using Windows view a UNIX-run website?
One of the main issues that developers think about is if they host their site with a UNIX run server, can their visitors, who use Windows as their computers’ OS, still view it? The answer is yes. This is because the website’s information is sent out in standard form. This refers to the languages like HTML or XML.
The following are examples of browsers that can read the website information easily:
- Internet Explorer
So whatever OS is used by the host or the website visitor won’t really have an effect when it comes to viewing the website.