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Unix (FreeBSD) vs. Windows NT

People sometimes assume NT hosting is more powerful, flexible, and reliable than UNIX-based hosting. If you are convinced that an NT-based solution is right for your Internet presence needs, please review this page before you decide.

FreeBSD is an advanced BSD Unix operating system developed and maintained by a large team of individuals. FreeBSD encompasses many years of development by some of the industries' best software engineers. The result is an extremely powerful and stable operating system. Its open source ensures that these development efforts will be continued well into the future.

Industry Leader
A large portion of the Internet is currently powered by FreeBSD. Over 30% of ISPs and web hosting companies have chosen FreeBSD because of its excellent performance and reliability. In addition, some of the busiest Internet sites in the world use FreeBSD, including:
Compatibility
Over 3,000 different applications are offered that run on FreeBSD. In addition, compatibility modules enable FreeBSD to run programs written for other operating systems such as Linux, BSDi, NetBSD, and SCO. This means that you will not have to recompile programs already compiled for a compatible OS, and you will have access to a greater selection of off-the-shelf software. You will be able to pick the applications that suit your needs, not just the needs of your hosting provider.

Efficiency
Unix is usually more proficient in the use of its memory, especially when dealing with network services. Because Unix requires less memory and processor time than Windows NT, a Unix-based system has more memory and processor power available for other computer functions.

Reliability
Unix has developed and tested for decades, producing a stable, reliable operating system. Yet, companies running NT machines report frequent crashes and interruptions of service from from their NT systems.

Remote Management
Unix was designed and implemented with remote management in mind. This enables system administrators to remotely perform management operations from another building or across the world. Windows NT is configured so that most of the administrative programs have to be run on the physical machine, without the ability to remotely control the machine.

Price Comparison
With the Unix server's cost at approximately one fourth that of the Windows NT, it allows us to provide you with a more cost-effective and powerful Internet solution.

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For more detailed information about differences described below, read the following web site: Unix vs. NT.org.

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