The Anatomy of Linux Web Hosting


As you may have heard by now, Linux is the preferred way to host a website on the Internet. Whether you're administering a personal blog or a large E-commerce platform, Linux provides cheap web hosting with speed, reliability and security, regardless of the size and complexity of the site. Despite the popularity and widespread acceptance of Linux on the web server, many are still somewhat in the dark as to what exactly comprises Linux web hosting. Today, we'll try to give you a quick rundown of the individual components that make up a Linux web hosting platform and how they work.

The Operating System

In the Linux world, there are a variety of different versions of the basic operating system, known as “distributions”. All distributions, or “distros”, use the same general Linux “kernel”, or core. The most common versions of Linux that the average webmaster will run into on both shared and VPS hosting platforms are CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a proprietary, commercial version which is wildly popular with larger business and corporations. Generally speaking, the Linux distribution used doesn't really affect your hosting performance, as they're all fairly reliable and secure.

Web Server Software

Running on top of the basic Linux operating system, is the HTTP Server. An HTTP or Web server handles the actual delivery of your website content to visitors online. The Apache HTTP Server is easily the most highly rated and capable web server on the Internet, used on more than half the websites in the world at present. It runs on all the major Linux server distributions, as well as on Microsoft Server operating systems. Apache has proven itself to be extremely versatile and reliable over the years, with a rich community of developers and programmers who work on software and improve it constantly.

All About Databases

Any dynamic website requires the use of a back-end database from which to read personal data as well as to save input from the user. MySQL is a popular, open-source database program that's almost universally supported by Linux web hosting services. It's a popular choice with beginners and experts alike for its stability and security. There's also PostgreSQL, which supports all the same commands and syntax. Some prefer it and find it more capable, but if you're new to databases you may wish to stick with MySQL. PostgreSQL is just as good as MySQL, though supported less often by web hosts.

Scripting Languages For Dynamic Content

Finally, the heavy lifting of any website is performed by back-end scripting languages which handle database operations. While PHP is the most commonly used scripting language in use, responsible for such popular sites as Facebook, Digg and Wikipedia, it's not the only option. You can also use Perl or Python to perform the same tasks. Perl has largely fallen out of favor with many, as it's seen as a bit antiquated and clunky. Python is the new favorite amongst many developers for web scripting, but the best choice ultimately comes down to personal preference.

Finding The Right LAMP Web Host

Finding the cheapest Linux hosting which satisfies your own specific needs can be difficult, as there are so many options available. Most of the lower-end and mid-range web hosts run on a Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP platform, commonly known as the LAMP stack. Hosts such as Linode, SliceHost and many others with top reviews have solid reputations as being good for Linux users. The important thing to remember when shopping around for the cheapest web hosting service is to do your research and ask questions if need be before committing to any particular Linux web hosting service.

-This article is written by Ms. Gwen Davis


Mandriva Running On Virtualbox


This is the second distro I try some years ago after Red Hat 7. It KDE distro and need powerful PC to run it. Then I try Fedora before stick to Ubuntu about two or three years ago. Mandriva had free version that you can download at their homepage. Its DVD ISO file size around 4.3 Gbyte that need long time to download. I just download Mandriva One 2010 Spring installable live CD size at 680 MB. Anyway if you have budget, you also can buy DVD there. So I like to share Mandriva One 2010 Spring that I installed on Virtualbox. Lets see it,

01. Booting Mandriva One 2010 Spring.

02. Language selection.

03. Accept the license.

04. Select timezone.

05. Date, Clock and Time Zone settings.

06. Select Keyboard layout.

07. Getting start to install.

08. Partitioning wizard.

09. Package information.

10. Start to install.

11. Please wait information.

12. Create password for security.

13. Boot entries.

14. Restart information.

15. Restarting the system.

16. Press enter after remove the medium.

17. Boot Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring.

18. Downloading some file.

19. Set administrator password and enter a user information.

20. Welcome screen for first time.

21. Thank you information.

22. Select user to login.

23. Some default ads of Mandriva.

24. Mandriva One 2010 Spring complete installed and log in.

Hope this article can help Mandriva user if they have problem to install it.


BlankOn Sajadah - Installation


Just share my experience how to install BlankOn Sajadah distro. If you are not using Sabily, you should consider to use BlankOn Sajadah especially for Indonesian. It cover fully Indonesian language from start installation till completed. In BlankOn Sajadah you can find extra Islamic software compare with Sabily call "HadisWeb.desktop". I will make an article about it later. Lets see a process of BlankOn Sajadah installation on my Sabily by using Virtualbox. This process should be same if you install it on a new system.

1. Starting Installation process.

2. Choose your location.

3. Select your keyboard layout.

4. Manage your disk space.

5. Fill user name and password.

6. Ready to install on your system.

7. Installation in progress.

8. Installation finished. Restart PC.

9. BlankOn Sajadah default screen.

10. Islamic software inside BlankOn Sajadah.

One more time I want to congratulate to BlankOn Sajadah group for their hardworking on this distro. Hopefully we can continuous study for development of an Islamic software for our people to get advantage from it.


Oregano - Electronics Schematic Drawing And Simulation Software


This is another Electronics software that I like and always use for my hobby and jobs. Called "Oregano", you can use it for drawing a schematic diagram and it also able to do simulation. The most important it is free to copy and install. So if you are an electronics technician or engineer, this software can help you too in order to draw schematic diagram and make simulation on it. Here some of schematic that I draw by using Oregano. For me, it is very simple and easy to use software. Be inform that this software only available for Linux Ubuntu family only and not support for Windows base operating system.

Simple power supply schematic diagram.

Voltage monitor schematic diagram.

Sabily 10.10 codename: "Al-Quds"


Sabily team already decide their codename for version 10.10 will be "Al-Quds". So what is "Al-Quds"? If searching on Wikipedia, Al-Quds means City of Jerusalem. In my thinking this version is something like Gaza version. So everybody lets work for Sabily Al-Quds.

Picture of Masjid Al-Aqsa Jerusalem taken from Sabily homepage.

Taqaballahu Minna Wa Minkum


Ramadhan 1431 going to left us. Hopefully we can meet it again next Hijr. I also pray and wish a du'a from Allah to everybody for successfully completed your fasting and ibadah. Welcome Eid Fitri.
Taqaballahu Minna Wa Minkum.