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What Does Linux Server Mean?

A Linux server is an efficient, powerful variant of the Linux open source operating system (OS). Linux servers are built to address the ever-increasing requirements of business applications like system and network administration, Web services and database management.


Linux servers are often preferred over other server operating systems because of their reputation for security, consistency and flexibility. Some examples of Linux server operating systems are CentOS, Ubuntu Server, Gentoo, Debian, Slackware, and so on. Linux is considered the best option for operating servers because there is no need for a graphical user interface; all commands can be executed via command prompt. This helps users to attain maximum system performance.

Techopedia Explains Linux Server

Some of the benefits of Linux are as follows:

  • Stability: There is no need for periodic reboots to maintain efficiency levels. Linux systems, if accurately configured, can generally operate until hardware failure or system shut-down.
  • Efficiency: Linux offers consistent high performance on networks and servers. It has the ability to manage huge user volumes as well as parallel connections.
  • Security: Linux provides top-notch security. Efficient firewalls as well as versatile file access permission systems avoid unwanted access or viruses.
  • Networking: It provides exceptional networking features. It is customizable to several apps in addition to being safe.
  • Flexibility: Because it is open source, the source code is readily available to all users. Users can customize it as per their requirements.
  • Technical Support: Linux offers some of the best technical support available. It is being used by various consultants and commercial distributors, as well as an active community of developers.
  • Multitasking: Multitasking, or the ability to run multiple programs or tasks simultaneously, is supported by Linux.
  • No Downtime: Virtually all updates are applied without taking the system offline. In addition, Linux-run servers rarely require a restart to correct errors or complete updates. This means practically no downtime.
  • Freely-Distributed Source Code: A great number of developers have reviewed, and are still reviewing, the Linux source code. Therefore, the efficiency is always increasing, which leads to enhanced performance, the elimination of bugs and improved security.

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