Window vs linux for web service

Some years ago, I installed a web server on my window computer.
I almost forgot how I installed it.
The server consists of apache, php, and mySQL.
It was installed by almost one-click.

I have been developing a web site what I want to make with the server for some years.
Now I think my web-application deploying time comes just around the corner.
Before the deployment, I think I need a more stable web server.
I have some questions on this.

And here is my first question.
Which OS is better for my web service between Window and Linux?

I tried a Windows server years ago and had a lot of problems with permissions getting php pages to run. I did not have that problem with Linux and could not see any particular reason to use Windows instead and so dropped the Windows server.

I have a localhost on my Windows PC using XAMPP.

Are you intending on running a website available to everyone on your own PC?

Generally PHP websites are hosted on Linux machines because they are much more stable for that on average.

There are tons of tutorials out there on how to install them. Or you could get shared hosting and let the hoster set everything up for you.

Yes, I think the time for running a website available to everyone on my won PC is coming in few months.

Which Linux version would you recommend to me?

If and only if the computer is quite modern with at least 4Gb of ram I would recommend either the latest versions of Ubuntu or Linux mint because both:

  1. Are easy to install
  2. Similar desktops to Windows
  3. Have an abundance of free tutorials

If the hardware has limited features then Xubuntu or search for alternatives.

If the hardware is very old then search for “very small Linux operating systems”

Also remember that modern Linux distros can be run and fully tested from a thumb drive without permanently installing on the computer… and can also have a dual boot system but can only run one selected system at a time…, unless a Virtual Box is installed.

as some reading about Ubuntu and Linux mint
I like to choose Ubuntu. for my deskTop.
because I think I don’t need flash and I need multi-language and critically I heard of Ubuntu a lot, but I never heard of Linux mint.

I like to choose Ubutu 19.04 at https://ubuntu.com/download/desktop for my deskTop.
I like to use one of my old computers for installing the Ubuntu.
It will be used for the web-server only.

Do you think I am on the right track?

Also remember that modern Linux “distros” can be run and fully tested from a thumb drive without permanently installing on the computer

What does “distros” mean, please?

Do you think I am on the right track?

Maybe because there are a tremendous amount of unknowns involved and will only be resolved by actually experiment.

distros

An abbreviation for distributions

Linux Mint

A quick Google search:

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I am under the impression that all Linux distributions use the same basic Linux core for the backend and also for their online servers. What I find annoying is there is no standard desktop version :frowning: Each distribution has a different skin, menu system, commands, selection of additional programmes and utilities. The proliferation is confusing and I think seriously detrimental to the Linux desktop growth - just far too many choices with mostly only small changes!

This comprehensive list grossly confuses a beginner’s choice:

What I would really, really like is a Linux basic desktop system and leave the program choices up to the user - at the “end of the day” every operating system is just a glorified menu system :slight_smile:

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What I find annoying is there is no standard desktop version

Since it is a process of evolutional direction, in my humble opinion, the better ones will be survived…

What I would really, really like is a Linux basic desktop system and leave the program choices up to the user

That’s one of main reasons why I try to make a new sever instead of the server made by one-click version.
I’ll keep your this point in my mind…

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