31Mar/170

Being spoilt for choice – Windows or Linux?

The operating system is the centrepiece of a server. You can imagine how important it is to choose a fitting operating system. For servers, two operating systems have established themselves: Windows and Linux. In this short overview, I'd like to present you the main differences between those two operating systems.

 

You might have heard that Windows is less stable compared to Linux. This actually was the case 15 years ago. Older Windows Server operating systems tended to operate rather unstable at times. However, Windows Server developed into an utterly robust operating system during the past years. Nowadays, you won't find much of a difference between both operating systems regarding stability.

Let's come down to the first real difference: Interface and Remote Access, which certainly are the most obvious differences between Windows and Linux.
With Windows Server, you access your server remotely with a protocol developed by Microsoft called RDP. The software used to connect to your server remotely, Remote Desktop Connection, is installed on every Windows machine by default, regardless of whether it's a Desktop or a Server version.

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Once connected to the server, you'll find a familiar Windows interface you already know from your Windows PC you use at home.

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And that is probably the biggest advantage of Windows Server. Web server, DNS server, or other services, everything can be managed with a graphical user interface.

 

On Linux, this is totally different. While desktop versions come with a graphical interface as well, in server versions, you won't find one there for the benefit of performance. Also, you cannot access it using RDP, but via SSH.
Windows operating systems do not have an SSH client installed by default, therefore you have to install such a client on your own. There are plenty of them on the market, a well known and established client is PuTTY.

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Unlike on Windows Servers, there won't open a Desktop environment, but only a command line.

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Administering the server is done exclusively via commands you type into the command line. While the experienced Linux user knows the most important commands, users who are new to Linux will probably have some trouble here, which could cause problems regarding server security and stability.

 

You might already know that Windows Server, unlike most Linux operating systems, is not for free. Microsoft fees a monthly amount for licensing their products. The amount of this fee differs, it depends on the hardware of the server running the operating system and the version of Windows Server.

 

Basically, every service can be realised on both Linux or Windows Server. The choice is mostly a matter of taste.

8Jul/161

Proxmox 4.0 and CentOS 7.2 available now!

We are happy to offer you further upgrades for our operating systems:

CentOS 7.2 is available now, replacing the version 7.1!
You may combine it with Software RAID 1, Webmin, LAMP, Webmin+LAMP, Plesk and cPanel. Plus, the installation via VNC is possible!

Also, Proxmox is available now in version 4.0, replacing 3.2. It is not an independent operating system but you may select it as a panel for Debian 8.

Please note: Proxmox is only available for our dedicated servers!

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We offer you a wide range of Linux distributions (as well as Windows Server 2008/2012). Just click on "Customize & Order" on our VPS and dedicated servers overview sites and choose the operating system that fits your needs!

Further information can be found on our website!

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30Jun/160

New Operating Systems available: Fedora 24 and CentOS 6.8

Recently, two operating systems received an upgrade: Fedora is now available in version 24, replacing version 23. Also, CentOS 6.6 upgraded to 6.8. The latest versions are available at Contabo now!

Fedora 24 can be combined with Software RAID 1 and Webmin, the installation via VNC is possible!

You may combine CentOS 6.8 optionally with Software RAID 1, Webmin, LAMP, Webmin+LAMP, Plesk or cPanel - an installation via VNC is possible as well!

fedora24The basic panel of Fedora 24

Apart from Fedora 24 and CentOS 6.8, we do offer you a wide range of Linux distributions (as well as Windows Server 2008/2012). Just click on "Customize & Order" on our VPS and dedicated servers overview sites and opt for the operating system that fits your needs!

Further information can be found on our website!

26Apr/160

Ubuntu 16.04 available now!

ubuntu-1604-ltsAs of now we offer you the latest Linux distribution Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) as a free operating system for all of our VPS and dedicated servers. You may combine it with the Software RAID 1, Webmin, LAMP as well as Webmin + LAMP.

Since PLESK does not yet offer a version which is compatible to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, we still provide Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to you as well.

Here are some of the key features of the new version:

  • Kernel 4.4.6
  • Support of the file system ZFS
  • Python 3, PHP 7 and MySQL 5.7

You can select Ubuntu among several other Linux distributions (and Windows Server 2008 / 2012) when you select your individual configuration by clicking on "Customize & Order" on our VPS and dedicated servers overview sites.

Further information can be found on our website!

2May/103

Ubuntu 10.04 available

Only 4 days after the release of the new Ubuntu version 10.04  (codename: Lucid Lynx) we have updated our systems to install the new version on our servers. The new version is an LTS-version (Long-Time-Support). This means, that Ubuntu will extend the support time and provide updates for a longer time.

Many interesting changes have been included since the last LTS-release. Some of them are:
- upgrade to Linux Kernel 2.6.32
- ext4 as default filesystem
- grub2 as bootloader

You can find more information about the changes in the official release notes.

Once of the most surprising features is, that Ubuntu 10.04 is booting up very fast. I've measured the time with my cell phone and a Dedicated Server Core i7. The stopwatch was started after the BIOS POST was finished and I was surprised ... It takes less than 15 seconds until the boot up process was completed.

We have tested the upgrade by running "apt-get dist-upgrade". Although, we can not recommend upgrading your system this way, because the test system became very slow after the upgrade. After a new installation with the latest version the same system was faster then ever before. Thus, if you want to upgrade your installation you should reinstall your server. Customers, using our ASI system can use it for the reinstallation. All other customers can request a reinstallation at our support. For new customers, be informed that we will add version 10.04 of Ubuntu to our server-configurator, the next days. If you can't wait, just leave a note at the suggestions field below the customer's personal information.

Posted by: RobertW | Tagged as: , , , , 3 Comments