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An operating system is software that supports a computer’s basic functions. It allows the user to schedule tasks, execute applications, and control the peripherals including the keyboard, mouse, and all other inputs and outputs. Various operating systems are available to use. Most people learned how to use a computer on a Windows operating system by Microsoft. Other operating systems include macOS, iOS, Android OS, and Linux Operating System. There are various aspects to consider when choosing an operating system for your dedicated server needs. We’ll take a look at the Linux Operating System, and why you might choose a Linux Dedicated Server over a Windows Dedicated Server.
What Is Linux Operating System?
Linux is a computer operating system like Microsoft Windows, Apple iOS, Apple Mac OS, and Android OS. One of the most well-known and widely used operating systems in Android is powered by Linux. These operating systems are what manage all the hardware that is connected to a user’s computer. It allows and administers the interaction between your software and hardware.
The Linux Operating System is the largest open-sourced software system that is used in many different areas including cars, supercomputers, home appliances, enterprise servers, and home computers. It has been around since the mid-1990s. Linux Operating system also runs a good portion of the Internet, the fastest supercomputers, and the stock exchange.
There are numerous aspects of the Linux Operating system, which include the Bootloader, Kernel, Init system, Daemons, Graphical server, Desktop environment, and applications.
The Bootloader is the part of the software managing the boot process for the computer. For many users that won’t be configuring the computer system, the bootloader will just be the initial screen that pops and goes away as the system boots.
The Linux Kernel is the center of the operating system that manages most of the computer itself including the CPU, memory, and peripherals.
Daemons are the background services that start up after the boot process or once the user logs into the desktop. Daemons include scheduling, sound, printing, and more.
The graphical server is the sub-system that allows the computer to display graphics on the screen. This is often referred to as the X server.
The desktop environment is what users will interact with. There are various desktop environments that users can install onto a Linux Operating System, which include Cinnamon, Pantheon, GNOME, Mate, Enlightenment, Xfce, KDE, and more. Depending on the desktop environment that the user chooses, different applications will be built into the environment system.
Lastly, just like all other operating systems, users will choose the various applications that they will be using. And like the other operating systems, users will download applications through an app store.
What Is a Dedicated Server?
A dedicated server is a remote server that is assigned to one individual, organization, or application. It’s hosted and managed by a hosting service, cloud provider, data center service provider, or managed service provider. Just as the name suggests, it is dedicated and exclusive to one customer or business. It functions the same way an on-premises or in-house data center would for an individual or company, but it is typically owned, operated, and managed by one of the providers mentioned above. The user connects to the dedicated server remotely through the internet.
Dedicated servers are typically used for data storage, applications, services, and backend services as well. Because a dedicated server doesn’t share the server’s resources with any other organizations or individuals—overall connectivity, speed, and performance capabilities will be higher than one that is shared with other entities.
Why Choose a Linux Dedicated Server?
Users can choose an array of operating systems for their dedicated server, but one of the most used operating systems for many enterprise companies and businesses is Linux. It’s reported that 47% of developers use a Linux operating system. It powers 39.2% of websites and 85% of smartphones. The top 500 supercomputers all run on a Linux operating system. Linux is also used by 96.3% of the top one million web servers. And it is the third most popular operating system
The Linux Operating System is trusted by developers, websites, enterprise businesses, and the fastest supercomputers in the world. There are many benefits of Linux as an operating system. As mentioned earlier, it is open-sourced platform, which means users can program and customize it to fit their needs. Linux is also rarely infected by malware and viruses. Linux is inherently secure.
Linux is also free to use. Users can download it for free and it does not require purchasing a license. Linux operating system also requires less to run and the memory footprint and disk space are also lower compared to other operating systems. Linux is a stable operating system that doesn’t need to reboot to retain its performance.
It also delivers high performance throughout various networks and can handle a large number of users at the same time. It is also a flexible operating system that can be used for desktop applications, embedded systems, and server applications. These are just some of the advantages of using a Linux operating system. The arrangement of a dedicated server and Linux Operation System combines the benefits of both giving its users the advantage.
How to Choose a Provider for Your Linux Dedicated Server
The combination of the power of a dedicated server and the benefits of a Linux Operating system can give users tremendous power and an edge over their competition. One thing to note, however, is your dedicated server and Linux operating system is only as good as your data center service provider.
Colocation America offers dedicated server specials that can be tailored to your specific needs. We provide our customers with room to expand and grow their business. Our servers are hosted in one of our carrier-neutral Los Angeles data centers. We have unparalleled connectivity speeds with high-level security systems to make sure your data, applications, and systems are always protected. We also have high standards for redundant power, premium bandwidth, diverse network connectivity, and superior hardware that guarantees our customers 100% uptime. A Linux Dedicated Server through Colocation America is a beneficial combination for all companies that are looking to improve their business systems.