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Operating System FAQs

At ServInt, CentOS is our preferred operating system. For those not familiar with CentOS, here are some frequently asked questions.

What are the differences between FreeBSD and CentOS?

If you can navigate through a FreeBSD system, you’re halfway to an understanding of doing the same with CentOS. Some files are stored in different places, but most of the programs do overlap. Those that don’t generally have a program with an equivalent function. It may take a bit of time to learn, but if you know how to do it with FreeBSD, learning how to do it with CentOS should not be too difficult a task. And if you’re using a control panel, most things are done on the front-end.

Also, our support team is always here to help. Simply fill out a ticket in your customer portal with your question.

My current site is hosted under an OS other than CentOS. Do you offer alternative OS?

While we only support CentOS, we offer Ubuntu with limited support on Cloud VPS and Flex VPS packages. For those who need a wider choice of OS, we offer many OS options on our Bare Metal platform

Should I choose a 32-bit or 64-bit base operating system installation?

Some third-party software is designed for 32-bit, while other software packages are designed for 64-bit operating systems. Given that most applications have versions for both architecture options, the most common reason for choosing a 64-bit server over a 32-bit server is to eliminate the 2GB memory size limit inherent with MySQL under a 32-bit installation. Also, keep in mind that processes on a 64-bit server will generally use more memory when running. The advantages of a 64 bit server are not fully realized with anything less than 4GB of RAM. If you’re thinking about a smaller VPS package, you’re most likely better off choosing a 32 bit server.

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