An Operating System is the fundamental software that manages a computer. It controls the way your hardware operates, the communication with peripherals for instance a monitor, a printer or a keyboard, the allocation of memory between applications, as well as the prioritization of apps in case several run at the same time. Every program that is installed on a desktop or a notebook functions by sending requests to the OS for different services using an application program interface (API). The contact with the OS is possible through a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a command line. In the Internet hosting field, the Operating System is what controls a hosting server along with any software installed on it, which includes not only website scripts, but, in addition any other application for instance a VOIP or a game server. If there are virtual machines created, they use a guest OS which runs on the server host OS.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers
We offer three Operating Systems with our dedicated server solutions - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They are all different Linux distributions and we offer them not only because they are freely available and they won't increase the low price of your new server, but also because they are exceptionally secure and stable. Each one of them is backed up by a huge community of developers, so you will be able to choose from thousands of software packages that you may install on your server if the app that you intend to use has certain requirements. The Operating System will also determine what hosting Control Panel you can use as the Control Panels that we offer run on particular OSs only and since we want to give you as much versatility as possible, we offer several OSs and multiple Control Panels. In case you get a server with a certain OS, we will change it upon request in the event that it turns out that you need alternative one. We will also keep the OS updated weekly as a part of the optional Managed Services upgrade.