What is the real differences with a Linux hosting package versus a MS hosting package?

Question by Jay: What is the real differences with a Linux hosting package versus a MS hosting package?
What is the real differences with a Linux hosting package versus a MS hosting package????

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Answer by Sal Z
Linux is Unix based and much more standard and there is a lot more apps out there, plus a lot of help. (for html, php)

MS is Microsoft Windows server stuff and if you are not very familiar with it, then you are probably better off with the Linux. (for asp, xml, html)

What you are intending to do with the site long term plus your knowledge base determines what platform you should choose. If your knowledge is Windows server specific already, then MS may be better for you.

But there are a lot more people who are able to help with Linux.

For me personally, linux is always best for web hosting. If you are developing anything Microsoft wise, then MS hosting may be your only choice.

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  1. Edward R says:

    Linux hosting is the standard. Majority of website are hosted on linux servers. It’s a lot better than Windows hosting.

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  4. Sunil T says:

    Linux is probably more common, and sometimes cheaper.

    Some apps are available only on one or the other (so if you need a particular app choose on that basis). Probably there are more hosting apps on Linux.

    Here is an article about it:
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