An Operating System is the software which communicates with the hardware of a computer system and functions as the intermediary between apps and the hardware, including peripheral devices such as a printer, a mouse or a keyboard. When you run an application, it transfers requests to the OS through an API (Application Program Interface) and the communication is done via a command line or a Graphical User Interface (GUI). Identical to a personal computer, web servers also have an Operating System that serves as a host for all of the software installed on them, including script applications or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, etc. A virtual machine can be created on a physical one, so you will be able to install a guest OS on it and have a different system environment in contrast to the physical server host Operating System.
Multiple OS in VPS Servers
Our VPS server solutions feature three Linux releases that you can pick from for the Operating System of your new server - Debian, Ubuntu and CentOS. In addition to being totally free, the OSs are very stable and secure and the main reason to offer all 3 of them is to make sure that you can run any application that you'd like, since different pieces of software may have different requirements with regards to the environment they work on. Each one of the three OSs is supported by a huge community of developers who have developed thousands of software packages that you can set up and use on your VPS. In accordance with the Operating System that you select, you will also be able to select between 3 different Control Panels to handle your web hosting content. Also, in case you decide that you need some other OS, we can always reinstall the server with it. As an optional upgrade, we also offer weekly updates of the OS for optimum stability and security.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers
We offer three Operating Systems with our dedicated server packages - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They are all different Linux distributions and we offer them not only because they're cost-free and they will not increase the price of your new web server, but also because they are outstandingly secure and stable. Each of them is supported by a big community of developers, so you'll be able to choose from a large number software packages that you can install on your server if the application that you would like to use has specific requirements. The Operating System will also determine what web hosting Control Panel you can use since the Control Panels that we offer are compatible with particular OSs only and since we would like to give you as much freedom as possible, we offer multiple OSs and multiple Control Panels. In case you get a server with a certain Operating System, we can change it upon request if it turns out that you'll need alternative one. We could also keep your OS updated on a weekly basis as part of the optional Managed Services upgrade.