An Operating System is the low-level software that manages a PC. It takes care of the way your hardware operates, the communication with peripheral devices such as a monitor, a printer or a keyboard, the allocation of memory between applications, plus the prioritization of applications when several run at the same time. Any program which is installed on a PC functions by sending requests to the OS for various services by using an application program interface (API). The contact with the OS can be achieved using a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a command line. In the hosting world, the Operating System is what commands a web server along with all the software installed on it, which includes not only website scripts, but, in addition any other application such as a VOIP or a game server. In case there are virtual machines created, they use a guest OS which runs on the server host OS.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers Hosting
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 completely free so they will not increase the price of your new hosting server, but also because they are outstandingly stable and secure. Each one of them is supported by a vast community of web developers, so you will be able to choose from countless software packages that you may install on your server if the application that you intend to employ has certain requirements. The Operating System will also determine what hosting Control Panel you can use because the Control Panels that we offer run on specific OSs only and since we want to provide you with as much flexibility as possible, we offer a couple of OSs and multiple Control Panels. In case you get a server with a given OS, we could change it upon request in case it turns out that you need another one. We could also keep your OS updated weekly as a part of the optional Managed Services upgrade.