What is Ubuntu and Why Choose It?
Popularly known by the logo “Linux for Human Beings”, Ubuntu is clearly the most popular and widely used of all the Linux based operating systems today. Ubuntu is based on Debian Linux and its uses cuts across a number of applications and devices as it has been used extensively in netbooks, ARM-based Internet terminals, development of workstations and multicore servers.
The Ubuntu operating system is an open source software that is available free of charge to the users, this offers a cheap VPS hosting. The benefits of using Ubuntu are many and just to mention a few is that it enjoys the support of sponsors and users. The sponsors are Canonical Ltd and through their support the operating system is availed freely and updated regularly. After every six months new versions of Ubuntu are availed to consumers and they come with more updated features and functionalities thanks to the dedicated developers that work around the clock to ensure the success of the Operating System.
An Ubuntu-based VPS Hosting Solution
Among its varied uses, Ubuntu also serves as a virtual appliance. A specially designed version that only features a tuned kernel which contains only the very vital elements that are required to run a virtualized environment. These optimized versions have smaller footprints that allow efficient functioning of the OS in relation to the hardware configurations as compared to the non-optimized Operating System versions.
Ubuntu VPS server provides an easy method of configuring a virtual hosting platform and can be used as a guest operating system. Using an Ubuntu platform to configure a LAMP server environment has proved to be an easy task. Among the improvements the operating system has is the inbuilt update manager which makes management tasks easy to handle.
The online community offers a platform for sharing among the users hence you can be sure that any of your problems can be addressed by other users or by the vendor.
The Ubuntu VPS packages offer full root access over secure shell (SSH).
Why Use Ubuntu as a Server Platform?
As a Debian based distribution, Ubuntu comes in Debian’s packaging system, applications and architecture. An Ubuntu VPS hosting also shares a number of similarities such as the reputation of reliability and stability. A number of differences can also be noticed such as the frequent and regular update that is carried out after every six months which enables it to be current with the up-to-date software and hardware improvements. To match the needs of a typical server, the latest Ubuntu server platform has been developed by a specially optimized kernel that enables its functionality as an efficient server.
For optimal power consumption features such as PowerNap and PowerWake have been incorporated in the Ubuntu that will enable increased output yet maintaining power consumption to the lower levels. The task based installation process in the Ubuntu Server edition enable quick installation of programs such as PHP, Perl, Java, Ruby and Python, together with Apache, MySQL and PgSQL in the shortest time possible.
The advanced packaging system enables optimized installation of other services and languages and has been proven to be efficient in the running of common jobs in PHP.