An Operating System is the software which communicates with the hardware of a computer and works as the intermediary between apps and the hardware, including peripheral devices such as a printer, a mouse or a keyboard. When you run software, 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 that serves as a host for all 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 created on a physical one, so you could install a guest OS on it and have a different system environment in contrast to the physical server host OS.

Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers

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 are freely available and they won't increase the low price of your new hosting server, but also because they are very secure and stable. Each of them is supported by a large community of web developers, so you'll be given the option to choose from thousands of software packages that you may install on your server in case the application that you would like to work with has certain requirements. The Operating System will also determine what internet hosting Control Panel you can use as the Control Panels that we offer are compatible with specific OSs only and since we would like to provide you with as much freedom as possible, we offer multiple OSs and multiple Control Panels. If you get a server with a given OS, we can change it upon request in case it turns out that you need another one. We can also keep your OS updated weekly as part of our useful Managed Services upgrade.