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Important:
One of the biggest misconceptions is that you must run Linux/Unix on your PC in order  to host your site on a Linux/Unix platform. That is not true. The operating system you use on your PC does not need  to match the server you host your site on. This means that if you are running Windows 98/ME/2000/XP or MAC OS on your PC, you can still choose Linux/Unix to host your website.

Listed below are the major differences between the platforms that you should consider in making your  choice.

Speed:
There is no visible difference in terms of speed between the two platforms.

Price:
Linux/Unix holds a slight edge due to the fact that most of the software licenses are free and that itís easier to maintain Linux/Unix servers than Windows servers for the same level of reliability and performance. You will see that our hosting prices reflect this.

Features:
There is a difference in the availability of features offered on the platforms. For example, if you need a database driven web site, you can choose either Perl/MySQL, PHP/MySQL under Linux/Unix or a PHP/MySQL, ASP/MS Access, ASP/MS SQL, ASP.net/MS Access, ASP.net/MS SQL combination under Windows. Most features are supported on both our Linux/Unix and Windows platforms.

Easy of Use:
Over the years, resources have been invested into both Linux/Unix and Windows platforms to make hosting as easy as possible. Today, there are no differences in terms of ease of use between these platforms.  

Reliability:
The industry consensus is that Linux/Unix is more reliable. However, Last Digital has made sure that the reliability of the Windows platform closely matches that of Linux/Unix. What this means is that you can make your decision based on the differences in features rather than on reliability.
 

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