There’s probably no debate which has lasted longer – or provided more heat than light – among computer geeks than Windows vs. Mac. The debate over the two prominent server operating systems, Linux and Windows, is much less heated, though; most unbiased observers will tell you that Linux is superior for a number of reasons.
You wouldn’t buy a used Civic to get you to and from work, and then complain that it’s not a Jaguar. Those are the type of complaints you often hear, though, about shared hosting packages. The clients who are most vocal about “poor hosting” or “come-on sales techniques” are the ones who subscribe to a $5/month hosting plan, and then discover that their complicated e-commerce website isn’t as fast or responsive as a that of a competitor who’s using a dedicated server costing hundreds of dollars more per month.