Shawn > > > GNU/Linux is a great choice for a server, as are FreeBSD and > > > OpenBSD. I would strongly urge you not to even attempt to use > > > Windows for a server. > > > > May I ask which version of Windows you are referring to, > and why you > > would advise against using it as a server? > > Any of them, and due to the poor security track record of > Microsoft (evidence of which can be found by either searching > the Web, The reason I asked is that I have been toying with exactly the same idea as Hershel - ditching my web hosting and running a webserver from home. For some years I have worked solely with Windows systems, and have had few problems using the Windows 2000 family in conjunction with a robust security policy. I have also found that many of the security issues I have come across have been due to weak default security settings in Windows. Although weak default security settings are perhaps not a *sensible* option for an OS, they don't make the OS insecure per se. I have also (personally) had no issues with patched and hardened Windows Server 2003 servers, in which the issue of weak default security settings seems to have been addressed. Consequently, when I get round to doing this I shall use Windows 2003 Server. In days gone by I may have used the exercise of setting up my own web server as an excuse to learn more about Linux, but these days a) I haven't got the time, b) working solely with Windows systems at work it would not directly benefit me, and c) having very little experience with Linux I would be more likely to build a system with security flaws if using a Linux server. [..] I appreciate that historically Microsoft has had security issues with its products, but this does not mean that Linux boxes never get hacked. Also, it is sensible to go with what you know - and if that's Windows then perhaps this is an argument for using this technology. I'm not a Windows zealot, so one of these days hoppefully I shall make the effort to get to know Linux a bit better :) Chris Marsh Web Developer http://www.globet.com/ Tel: +44 20 8246 4804 Ext 828 Fax: +44 20 8246 4808 Any opinions expressed in this email are those of the individual and not necessarily the Company. This message is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is confidential and privileged and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please contact the sender immediately and delete it from your system.