Thursday, July 06, 2006

Desktop Linux Edition from Xandros

Xandros Desktop Home Edition - Premium is a complete Linux desktop operating system that also includes the applications needed to work, communicate and play. Built on the stable and reliable Debian Linux platform, Xandros Desktop allows you to enjoy your digital lifestyle, the way you want to, without the hassles of viruses, spyware and other security threats. Xandros is fun and easy to use. It installs in just 4 clicks, and does not require any Linux or technical know-how. Discover how easily you will enjoy the benefits of Linux and bring security and stability you can count on to your PC with Xandros Desktop.
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The new home for your digital life is ready. From web surfing to auction bidding, photo taking to album making, video streaming to iPod syncing and e-mailing to online banking… Wherever your digital life may take you, Xandros Desktop is the secure and exciting gateway to your digital world.
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Redhat Made It Easy

Redhat made it easy.

You know Linux is reliable. You know it has security you can trust. In fact, nearly half of medium-sized businesses rate moving to Linux as either important or very important.* With the right experience and expertise, you can make the move, too.

The reputation of Linux in enterprise environments is rock solid. For its performance it has attracted some of the largest financial institutions. For its security it has been adopted by governments around the globe.

We believe small and mid-sized companies should have every advantage that the largest companies have with their technology: Performance, reliability, affordability, room to grow. Without compromise.

Redhat made it easy.

Dave Seager
VP Manager of UNIX systems

Keybank is the 16th largest financial institution in the US with approximately 2000 branches and 22,000 employees. They needed to consolidate existing platforms and build bridges between existing systems. They looked at all the other Linux companies but quickly realized that Red Hat is the market leader and that there was no comparison. They also realized that running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 on Intel-based platforms gave them the best overall solution providing the highest performance, best cost savings, and the most choice.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Advantages to Linux Web Hosting

What are the Advantages to Linux Web Hosting?

* Stability: Linux/Unix operating systems are very stable and robust. A web site housed on a Linux operating system will excellent up-time (of the order of 99.9%). Of course, other factors such as power supply, network operating center, and network load etc. also matter when it comes to maintaining the system uptime.
* Cost Effective: With Linux OS, there are no licensing fees as opposed to it's competitors. The Linux OS comes free of cost (or at very insignificant cost, usually cost of distribution). Free server applications such as FTP, Web Server, DNS Server, and File Server are also very stable. PLETH recommends the PLESK™ Control Panel (which does require licensing) for all of our web hosting accounts simply because it adds usability and flexibility to our clients. (see additional PLESK™ Control Panel information below)
* Compatibility: All types of file extensions (or scripts) can be used when using Linux web server. Commonly, the following extensions are supported: .cgi, .html, .htm, .pl, .php, .shtml, .asp (requires additional plug-in), .xml, and others as well as support for Microsoft Frontpage Extensions.
* Portability and Scalability: A web site designed to be hosted on a Linux based web server can be hosted on a Windows web server easily, where as the reverse is not always true. This provides flexibility for future growth.
* Most widely used and supported: Linux/Unix based web hosting is by far the most widely used OS in comparison to Windows based web hosting, and technical support can be a lot easier to locate should it be required.
* Scalability: A web site is dynamic. Usually, a web site starts with a few pages of html and grows over a period of time to suit our customers requirements. It is preferable to design a web site keeping this requirements in mind. A web site designed for compatibility with a Linux/Unix based web server meets the scalability requirement easily without making any site wide design changes.

What is web hosting

What is the web hosting?

Web hosting is a service that provides individuals, organizations and users with online systems for storing information, images, video, or any content accessible via the Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server they own for use by their clients as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center. Web hosts can also provide data center space and connectivity to the Internet for servers they do not own to be located in their data center.

Types of hosting

FREE HOSTING :- just about all the free web hosting available is extremely limited when compared to paid hosting. Free web hosts generally require their own ads on your site, only allow web-based uploading and editing of your site, and have very tight disk space and traffic limits. Still, most people get their start via free web hosting

IMAGE HOSTING :- hosting only a few different formats of images. This type of hosting is often free and most require registrations. Most image hosts allow hotlinking, so that you can upload images on their servers and not waste space/bandwidth on yours.

SHARED HOSTING :- one's Web site is placed on the same server as several hundred other sites. A problem with another site on the server can bring all of the sites down. Shared hosting also brings with it some restrictions regarding what exactly can be done, although these restrictions are nowhere near as restrictive as for free hosting.

RESELLER HOSTING :- designed for those who want to become Web hosts themselves. One gets a large amount of space and bandwidth that can be divided up among as many sites as the user wants to put on his account. A reseller account is placed on the same server with other reseller accounts, just like with shared hosting but there are fewer accounts.
DEDICATED HOSTING: With dedicated hosting, one gets a server of one's own. They have no restrictions, except for those designed to maintain the integrity of the Web host's network (for instance, banning sites with adult content due to the increase risk of attack by crackers and grey legal issues for the ISP). Unless a separate plan is purchased from the host, the user is also generally on his own. This can be an expensive proposition, as the purchase of the dedicated server itself is generally far more expensive compared to shared hosting.

COLOCATED HOSTING :- This involves a server the user purchases himself and installs at the host's data center. Besides unmonitored reboots, the user must pay extra for many services dedicated hosting provides by default. Colocated hosting is generally chosen by people with server administration experience and those with more significant needs than which can be satisfied by dedicated or shared hosting. This is usually the most expensive and least cost effective option if you are not colocating many servers

Linux Hosting is considered to be one of the most stable and reliable hosting platforms around. It also has the additional advantages of not having to be licenced, being flexible, and supporting most programming languages.

What is the difference between Linux hosting and Windows hosting?

If you need to support Microsoft products such as ASP, ASP.NET, MS SQL, or VBScript or IIS, then Windows hosting fits your needs.
Linux is much more common with web hosts because of its stability and because it’s free. Therefore, Linux hosting is usually cheaper than Windows.

What are PHP, ASP, Perl, MySQL, MS SQL?

PHP - PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor, server side language
ASP - Active Server Pages, server side language
Perl - server side language
Each programming language has its own benefits and uses.
MySQL and MS SQL are database systems that you can use a database to organize your data.