An Operating System is the software that interacts with the hardware of a computer and serves as the intermediary between applications and the hardware, including peripheral devices such as a printer, a mouse or a keyboard. When you run an app, it sends requests to the OS through an API (Application Program Interface) and the interaction is done through a command line or a Graphical User Interface (GUI). A lot like a personal computer, web servers also feature an Operating System which serves as a host for all of the software installed on them, which includes script applications or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, etcetera. A virtual machine can be set up on a physical one, so you can install a guest OS on it and have a different system environment in contrast to the physical server host OS.
Multiple OS in VPS
If you choose to go for one of our virtual private server packages, you'll be able to opt for one of the three Linux distributions that we provide for the OS of the servers - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They are among the most well-known and most dependable server OSs out there and we offer them in order to give you a choice for the software environment of your machine if you would like to install some app with particular requirements regarding the packages that need to be present on the web server. We also offer three hosting Control Panels and which one of them you'll be able to use depends on the OS that you've selected. We leave the chance to change the server Operating System open, so when you want to use an application that requires an OS different from the one you already have, we can always re-install the VPS. We can also keep the OS up-to-date weekly by installing all of the security updates that may be available.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Hosting
The dedicated server packages that we offer come with as many as three different Operating Systems to select from. They are all Linux release - Ubuntu, CentOS and Debian, and not only do they have no license fees, but they are also known as the most dependable and safe OSs. We provide three different ones since each one of them is supported by a different community. The packages that you can add on your web server are different and this may matter if you need to install some piece of software with specific requirements for the hosting environment. In this light, the web hosting Control Panel which you can select for the dedicated server also depends on the OS that you'll choose. You can select any of the three Operating Systems during the order process, yet if necessary, we can always install the server once again with a different one upon your request. As an additional service that you could add to the package whenever you want, we can update the OS on a regular basis in order to keep it as secure as possible.