Windows and Linux systems are generally considered the most popular foundational platforms for virtual private servers and other hosting plans. According to a recent Web Hosting Geeks, there are many myths surrounding the two platforms, and user preference is the main difference between the two.
One common myth is that Windows VPS hosting is more compatible with user machines that are running Windows. The report said the user's PC operating system is in no way influenced by the virtual server operating system, leaving users free to choose Windows or Linux.
Rumors also abound saying Linux is more reliable than Windows. According to the report, these rumors are falsely based on the perception that Windows systems face more attacks because they are more popular. While this may be accurate in the PC market, the report said it is not true in hosting, as both systems are common.
Price is another common myth, as many consider Linux free because it is open source. However, advanced applications that come with Windows plans often have to be purchased separately in Linux hosting, bridging the price gap between the two.
Windows hosting recently got better, as Microsoft released a new service pack for Windows Server 2008 R2 that makes it easier to setup virtual machines.