An Operating System is the low-level software that manages a computer system. It handles how the hardware functions, the communication with peripherals like a monitor, a printer or a keyboard, the allocation of memory between your applications, as well as the prioritization of apps in case several run simultaneously. Each and every program that is installed on a computer works by sending requests to the OS for various services via an application program interface (API). The contact with the OS can be achieved via a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a command line. In the web hosting world, the Operating System is what runs a server as well as 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're virtual machines created, they employ a guest OS that runs on the server host OS.

Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers

We offer three Operating Systems with our dedicated server plans - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They're all different Linux distributions and we offer them not only because they are totally free and they will not increase the price of your new web server, but also because they are very secure and stable. Each of them is backed up by a vast community of developers, so you will be able to choose from countless software packages that you may install on your server in case the application that you intend to use has specific requirements. The Operating System will also determine what hosting Control Panel you can use since the Control Panels that we offer run on particular OSs only and since we want to provide you with as much flexibility as possible, we offer a couple of 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 a different one. We could also keep your OS updated on a weekly basis as a part of our useful Managed Services upgrade.