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Alfonso Harding
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what are the benefits of using a Linux web server
over a windows web server? (if there are any)
 
Frank Carver
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The answer depends a bit what you want to run on it. If you want to run predominately Windows server-side technologies then you might be better with Windows, otherwise Linux has a lot to offer.
Windows systems assume a "desktop" metaphor, and thus are often difficult to administer remotely; Unix/Linux systems come from a heritage of serial terminals and pretty much anything you would want to do can be done via a "telnet" or "ssh" session from any machine on the internet.
If you don't install a GUI (and for a web server you don;t need one), Linux has much lower machine-spec requirements for network applications than typical Windows machines. This means lower cost hardware can do the same job.
There is no licence fee associated with Linux. You can deploy it on as many machines as you like for no cost. This means you can get even cheaper systems by deploying to multiple, redundant, "obsolete" machines rather than a single expensive and risky power-machine.
There is tons of powerful and useful server-side software available for free, and a large community familiar with installing, using and configuring it.
 
Tim Holloway
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The advantage of using Windows is that only Windows can run IIS.
The disadvantage of using Windows is that Windows runs IIS
Unix (including Linux) based web servers are very popular. In part because much of the technology was first developed there, in part because Microsoft has a horrible reputation for insecurity and in part because while a lot of stuff is bundled for "free" into Windows, even more stuff is free for Unix (and, in fact systems like BSD and Linux are themselves free - which if your're running 100 servers or so can really add up to some serious cost savings).
In addition, you have better "mix'n match" options on the Unix platform. Microsoft expects that ALL your web software will be from Microsoft.
Of course in a lot of companies the cost of the software is weighed against the cost of the people required to run the software and (as one manager told me) "VB programmers are cheap and plentiful".
 
Adam Hardy
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Originally posted by Tim Holloway:
(as one manager told me) "VB programmers are cheap and plentiful".

Yes and NT administrators are cheaper than unix administrators, but for an average linux box you only need to spend a couple of hours a week maintaining it, whereas the NT administrator needs to sit next to his machine on a permanent basis, stroking it and soothing its unstable mind.
 
Barry Gaunt
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One thing I like about UNIX servers is that
I don't need a windowing system on it.
With NT/2000/XP I gotta have the Windows Handicap.
-Barry
 
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