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Supporting java scripts is not a topic to be argued upon as they are executed on client side (the user’s web browser) and both Linux and Windows have no problem feeding this content to your visitors.
It is a whole different matter when discussing server side scripting. For web site owners trying to implement forms on their site it is common knowledge that ASP is supported by Windows and PHP is tool to do just that under Linux. However both developed solutions to support each other’s programming language for web development. This support is not perfect and its limitations recommend Linux for a good PHP support and Windows for ASP, especially when it comes to hosting web sites that require full use advantages offered by PHP or ASP.
Linux offers a support for FrontPage extensions. Windows has a weak point in offering only limited CGI/Perl support, so if Perl is scripting language of your choice, you should opt for Linux.
Dynamically driven web sites require some sort of databases. Beyond sites employing databases, most frequently you will encounter mySQL or MSAccess. If your web site is relying on mySQL, then you’ll have no problems hosting it on either Windows or Linux. For MSAccess databases, look your only option is Windows.
Linux web hosting is cheaper. The reason must be searched in licensing costs, that are lower that for Windows, and in ability of Linux web servers to support a higher web sites per server ratio without compromising quality of service.
Although Windows hosting cost a bit more, you will get something for your money. It’s reduced development time and functionality
As option of one over another depends basically of your actual needs and of plans you have made for future of your web site. For example will it move from a rather static web site to one relying heavily on server side scripting? And if it is so what would be programming language used: PHP or ASP? Consequently your web site will be set up on a Linux or on a Windows web server.
Almost all serious web-hosting providers will offer you choice between Linux and Windows.
There is no winner of this contest, at least not yet. In today’s terms, your preference of one system over another should be given only by your requirements and needs of your visitors.
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