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Anonymous:We are a new company, looking to start and online gaming presence.. Which OS is most commonly used in the iGaming industry, or better which OS should be used? Will be most appropriate for serving web pages in Java ? Not just speed but reliability and lower maintenance costs / issues?
As for the best option for serving Java, I would suggest Tomcat . It has everything you're looking for, is very well supported in the community and best of all, it's free!
shelly23Could you explain the basic differences as i'm a little lost here,Certainly! The basic differences here are that the UNIX (and UNIX-like) operating systems such as Linux, BSD, Solaris, etcetera are all very stable platforms. They will run for years without requiring a reboot. The *BSD family members have for many years been touted as very solid when it comes to any kind of file serving. Linux (certainly in recent years) has equalled the stability and robustness of the *BSDs. Solaris, when running on SPARC hardware is incredible. It just keeps on going.
If you go for Windows, you're creating work for yourself. Windows has a history of being unstable, insecure, poorly designed and more holes than a colander. Certainly as a server you really want to go *NIX.
shelly23So if that is the case why doe people still use windows based systems, and not linux or BSD family servers.Exposure. Many people consider the *NIX operating systems to be black magic and are fearful of them, thinking they are complex and not for mortals. Of course, the truth is the exact opposite.
Think about it: When was the last time you bought a computer and the sales droid asked if you'd like some flavour of UNIX installed? Sad, ain't it? Many of the versions are very pretty and simple to use, even for Windows migrants: http://www.linuxmint.com/screenshots.php
People are waiting to help.