Operating Systems

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GamingDeluxe offer a full range of Operating Systems for users running a dedicated server or a VPS.

Available Operating Systems

Windows

Windows Server

Link https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd349801(v=ws.10).aspx
Versions 2008 R2
Architecture 64 Bit
Support Lifecycle ~11 Years

The most popular choice. Provides the familiarity of Windows, but stripped out to provide better performance when compared to its desktop counterpart.

Linux

Ubuntu

Link http://www.ubuntu.com/server
Versions Any available for download
Recommended Versions 12.04 (LTS), 14.04 (LTS)
Architecture 32/64 Bit
Support Lifecycle ~5 years for LTS versions

Approximately every 2 years, Ubuntu releases an LTS version of their OS, it is supported for 5 years. This allows for greater security and stability, much better for a server environment. Ubuntu is a solid choice, built on [[#Debian|Debian], its ease of use is popular amongst newcomers, and its solid base makes it popular amongst seasoned users.

Upgrades can be done without a fresh reinstall.

CentOS

Link https://www.centos.org/
Versions Any available for download
Recommended Versions 6, 7
Architecture 32/64 Bit
Support Lifecycle ~10 years for major versions

Commmunity Enterprise Operating System is a Linux distribution built on top of RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux), CentOS is free, RHEL is not. CentOS is popular as it is based on an enterprise OS, it is the choice of many for web servers, largely because it runs cPanel/WHM.

CentOS releases are tied to RHEL releases, normally just behind them. Subversions are released during support window (6.1, 6.2, and so on).

CentOS can be upgraded to the subversions, but for a major upgrade (6 to 7, for example), it is recommended to do a fresh reinstall.

Debian

Link https://www.debian.org/
Versions Any available for download
Recommended Versions 7, 8
Architecture 32/64 Bit
Support Lifecycle ~3 years

Debian is one of the older distros available for Linux, it provides the base for many distros today, such as Ubuntu. It does not use the most recent packages for everything, this means it is considered more stable than Ubuntu, but it is not as up to date.

A major upgrade can be done without a fresh install, but it is trickier compared to Ubuntu.

Other

If you want to use another operating system that isn't listed, or you want to use your own license or ISO, please contact us and we will do our best to help you out.

32 or 64 bit

The main difference between 32 bit and 64 bit is how much RAM can be used by the operating system. A 32 bit OS will only use a maximum of 4gb of RAM, a 64 bit OS will likely be limited by how much the processor and motherboard can support before anything else.

If you have a dedicated server, we recommend you go with 64 bit, our machines are minimum of 4gb, and this allows you to upgrade in the future without needing to reinstall, any machines above this will not use the extra RAM on anything less than 64 bit.

If you have a VPS, it is probably better to go with 32 bit, this will be more efficient in smallers RAM configurations, which is typical of a VPS, a higher RAM need would normally drive a user more towards a dedicated server. You can still opt for 64 bit though.

Note
64 bit software will not work on a 32 bit OS, whereas 32 bit software will work on a 64 bit OS.

LTS

LTS, or Long Term Support, is a term used for versions that offer extended or longer periods of updates for a particular version. These updates are for security, software, and hardware, their aim is to provide a more stable environment.

Recommendations

If you are new, or would like wide range of support for game servers, your best bet is Windows.

If you want a web server, it is better to go with Linux, which distro is entirely up to you. CentOS has the benefit of cPanel/WHM, whilst Ubuntu is probably more user friendly, and one of the most supported distros.

As far as Linux goes, in the end it all comes down to your own preference, they'll all perform well, and all have the tools to allow you undertake any task, use whatever you feel most comfortable with.