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Safer, more flexible, most software is free (and open source), and YOU are in control, not the vendor of the operating system!

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the options and flexibility not to mention the huge communities/groups you run into on a daily basis

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I work on both Windows server and Ubuntu server. First of all, both of them are secure and reliable. I ran a website with more than 15 million pageview per month on a single Windows server using IIS 7 and PHP via FastCGI. It is fast and stable. No downtime.

  • The problem with Windows server is that it is more expensive. It is not lightweight. You can roll a 512mb RAM 20GB Linux server for only $5. I don't think you can even run a Windows server with 512mb RAM.
  • Most great software for server are primarily built for Linux. Some will get port to Windows, but the support for those software for Windows sucks and buggy.

Edited by invisal

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I think its a fairly broad question since there are some benefits to windows over linux from a development perspective. However I personally have used debian based linux distro's for the past few years I would say to anyone to choose the right tool for the right job.

However some of the benefits of linux may be :

  • Can be lightweight - Some linux distro's are extremely small so can be fully functional on older hardware
  • Customizable - Most required services are extremely flexible and can be removed and or modified very easily if source code is available
  • Package Management and software installation - Most fully fledged desktop distro's offer an out of the box package manager to keep software installation simple for new users and allow access to a huge amount of readily available software with one click, or using the terminal commands.
  • Open source - Usually, Most Distributions consist of packages that can be easily found and modified and so most aspects of the whole user experience can be changed
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