An Operating System is the basic software which controls a computer. It takes care of the way the hardware behaves, the communication with peripherals such as a monitor, a printer or a keyboard, the allocation of memory between your applications, plus the prioritization of apps when several run at once. Each program that is installed on a desktop or a notebook works by sending requests to the OS for various services using an application program interface (API). The contact with the OS can be performed using a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a command line. In the Internet hosting world, the OS is what commands a web server as well as any software installed on it, which includes not only website scripts, but also any other application for instance a VOIP or a game server. If there are virtual machines created, they use a guest OS that runs on the server host OS.
Multiple OS in VPS
In case you choose to purchase one of our virtual private server
plans, you shall be able to select one of the three Linux distributions that we supply for the OS of the servers - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. These are among the most widespread and most dependable server OSs available and we offer them so that you have a choice for the software environment of your machine if you would like to install some application with particular requirements regarding the packages that need to be present on the web hosting server. We also offer three hosting Control Panels and which one of them you can use will depend on the OS that you've picked. We leave the chance to replace the server Operating System open, so when you want to use an application that requires an OS different from the one you have, we can always reinstall the VPS. We can also keep the OS up-to-date on a weekly basis by installing all the security updates which may be released.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Hosting
We offer three Operating Systems with our dedicated server
packages - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They're all different Linux distributions and we offer them not only because they're completely free and they will not increase the low price of your new web server, but also because they are exceptionally secure and stable. Each of them is supported by a vast community of web developers, so you will be able to choose from many hundreds of software packages that you can install on your server in case the app that you would like to employ has specific requirements. The Operating System will also determine what internet hosting Control Panel you can use as the Control Panels that we offer are compatible with particular OSs only and because we want to give you as much flexibility as possible, we offer multiple OSs and multiple Control Panels. If you choose a server with a given Operating System, we could change it upon request if it turns out that you will need a different one. We could also keep the OS updated weekly as a part of our optional Managed Services upgrade.