Unix and Linux Web Hosting: What's the difference?

Although "Linux web hosting" and "Unix website hosting" are sometimes used interchangeably, this is not entirely accurate. Let's take a look back at the development of each system.

Unix and Unix website hosting

The original Unix was developed way back in 1969. Today's Unix systems are considered any operating system that uses the same standards as the original - the core of today's Unix operating systems operate in just the same way as that developed 40 years ago.

Today, Unix is often positioned as the alternative to the Windows operating system. It is beloved by programmers, developers and an increasing sector of the public for its flexibility, adaptability and functionality. It can run on relatively cheap hardware and is not controlled by a corporation (such as Microsoft controls Windows). If you use the Unix operating system, it is imperative that you find a reliable Unix website hosting service. Fortunately, the popularity of Unix ensures that this is the case.

Linux and Linux web hosting

Linux is also a fairly broad term, which refers to Unix-like computer operating systems. As such, it takes much of its basic organization from Unix's development throughout the 70s and 80s. Linux itself came on the scene in 1991 - still early in today's PC world.

Linux can be used as both a desktop operating system and a website server platform (it often comprises a system such as Apache) and is now the most popular derivative of Unix. If you're one of the many adapters of the Linux system, you'll want to find a Linux web hosting service. There are a wide range to choose from, depending on your particular needs.

Linux web hosting and Unix website hosting are generally considered cheaper alternatives to Windows Hosting.



The difference

Obviously, Unix came first; Linux built itself on Unix. The most important difference is Linux is open source - probably the leading open-source software out there today - meaning programmers can go in and adapt it to their own use. Unix remains a proprietary system and is often considered an enterprise-class operating system, which must conform to certain standards. Linux tends to be used by smaller operations, individuals and programmers who like to get in and make changes to the system.

Linux web hosting or Unix website hosting?

In most cases, a web host that offers Linux web hosting will also offer Unix website hosting. This is why we've put the two together in our Top 10 Unix/Linux hosts. But do make certain - although Unix and Linux are very similar, there are variations.

For more on Linux web hosting, read our article All About Linux Hosting.

For more on Unix website hosting, check out Unix Hosting: A Primer.

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