GNU/Linux Wins The Web

TOOS – 1 hoster
FreeBSD – 2 hosters
GNU/Linux – 30 hosters
See Hosting Providers sites ordered by OS
In the “Good Old Days”, M$ actually paid hosters to run TOOS (That Other OS). I guess they’ve given up because of their success in The Cloud. At least in The Cloud there’s competition unlike what M$ did on the client. Freedom from M$ is bursting out all over because most of the web and The Cloud runs on GNU/Linux.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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6 Responses to GNU/Linux Wins The Web

  1. dougman says:

    Dr. Tosser upset he lost his Bitcoins.

  2. ram says:

    I love insecure “private” clouds, they provide most of my entertainment, and that of my friends, for free!

    Keep archiving those master recordings, films, books, and photos, up there ;-D

  3. DrLoser says:


    You do realise the difference between the Azure private cloud offering and the Azure public cloud offering, don’t you, Dog-Brain?


    What with being self-advertised as worth $125 per hour in bit-coin, but only in bit-coin.

    You do realise the difference, don’t you?

    Or perhaps not. Yet another junk link from a junk supplier.

  4. “This will make Microsoft the only major public cloud provider to offer a private cloud and, thus, a hybrid cloud. Google and AWS don’t have private clouds, for good reason: Nobody wants them!”

    While that’s a bit amusing, and pokes fun at M$ for being out of touch, I don’t entirely agree with TFA. The thesis is that a public cloud has advantages of flexibility and cost while the private cloud lacks those. That may well be true for organizations of certain sizes/complexity but a private cloud can certainly be useful for a large enough organization that wants flexible well-managed resources in one/few places rather than ad hoc scatterings around the globe.

    As tiny as my personal needs are, I could see a private cloud being useful here. Rather than beefing up particular clients for particular roles, I could very well put most resources on one or more servers and have the clients access resources on our little cloud instead. That would probably allow clients to last as long as I do and minimize future capital expenditures. I’ll probably go with more conventional means like X, NFS, and Ethernet, just because there’s no learning curve, but an organization the size of a large school, say, could definitely use a private cloud rather than a cluster of servers for specific purposes. One important reason to do that is that the LAN has huge bandwidth compared with the Internet in many schools. A cloud off-site would go through a terrible bottleneck.

    e.g. I was in one school that had 7 TOOS servers (2 DB, 1 WSUS, several file-servers and something else for Lose2K). It only needed one or two but it needed to add resources to the system so they added servers instead rather than risking breaking anything they had. It was silly. They actually had two different DB servers simply because the owner of one DB didn’t trust the owner of the other… I was the guy who maintained them and Patch Tuesday was way more painful than necessary simply because I had so many servers to re-re-reboot and occasionally one or another would hang and need coaxing from a local terminal… Meanwhile a much smaller number of GNU/Linux servers would have been much less costly, easier to maintain and more reliable. The entire BW to the Internet was ~150KB/s, so a remote cloud would have been out of the question.

  5. DrLoser says:

    Apart from Azure, of course.

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