One of my favorite linux quotes is “linux if free if your time is worth nothing” I did some research to find out who to give credit to and couldn’t find an answer so i’ll go with “anon”
This website runs on a generic build of Ubuntu 10. I bought the hardware, tried a few different distros, configured the server and after some blood, sweat and tears got the thing operational. This server has no icons or fancy graphics but strictly the software it absolutely needs to operate what I want, LAMP.
I am a fan of linux where appropriate. For my site that gets a whopping 400 hits a month and generates no revenue, linux is great. If you have the choice, stay far, far away from linux. It is the black hole of your valuable time. My biggest annoyance is support, try to find out how to do something in linux and you have to find out how to do it in your very own specific 1 in 100 version of linux. Mind you, even if you find that, try to cross reference it with another help website and you will get different solutions to your problem. The simplest tasks, like changing an ip address requires you to learn how to edit and save files with an editor meant for the stone ages and also the commands necessary to restart your networking device. Problem is you never remember it because text based operating systems are not intuitive so unless you have the exact command you are SOL.
I could have gone with the GUI for ubuntu server. I tried some GUI bases distros but wasn’t satisfied enough and felt it would defeat my purpose of going hard core… in the end I barely got R rated and was scared. I couldn’t imagine if Linux was my only computer operating system.
In charges the Virtual Machine. Virtualization started with the mainframe but was largely abandoned for client server models. Large numbers of hard to manage clients PCs and servers forced a consolidation effort in the late 90s. At the root of this effort was the need for an efficient operating system that can act as a layer inbetween the VM and firmware. VMWare’s highly modified OS acts as a container for servers and desktop reducing the need for massive amounts of hardware. From the outside, a VM acts just like the real server but now many servers can run on one pieces of hardware as long as they know how to share nicely.
Similar to the host installed ESX or ESXi that communicates directly to the hardware, is VMWare Player or other virtualization platforms that sit on top of the windows operating system and allow you to run an OS inside of an OS. This is a great opportunity to try Linux without much of the hassle of the initial setup. VM images can be downloaded and played just like a dvd with minimal setup. One popular application of this technology is the hacker tuned linux distro called BackTrack. Now hackers can play their 3d action games that windows is good at then hop in their VM and get sucked into the dark side of linux all on the same CPU.
I encourage you to check out Linux to open your mind. That is why it still exists, because total market domination is primed for failure.