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In what actual situations is a Linux OS used over a Windows OS when considering server applications?

From what I recall, Windows clearly makes a fantastic domain controller which is designed to support a host of various Windows (and even some other OS) clients. I understand that Windows can be used for much more than just this as well.

However, in which situations does Linux prevail over Windows? In specific, I am referring to Red Hat since it is the most openly used enterprise Linux solution. Are Linux servers paired with Apache used much more in a web-hosting fashion than Windows?

What other applications?
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In what actual situations is a Linux OS used over a Windows OS when considering server applications?
From what I recall, Windows clearly makes a fantastic domain controller which is designed to support a host of various Windows (and even some other OS) clients. I understand that Windows can be used for much more than just this as well.
However, in which situations does Linux prevail over Windows? In specific, I am referring to Red Hat since it is the most openly used enterprise Linux solution. Are Linux servers paired with Apache used much more in a web-hosting fashion than Windows?
What other applications?

Outside of domain controllers and Exchange servers - Linux dominates.

* high powered super computing: predominantly Linux
* database servers: predominantly Linux
* web servers: predominantly Linux
* domain name servers: predominantly Linux
...and so on.

Don't get me wrong, Windows can and is used in these arenas as well, but generally Linux performs better (cheaper, more stable for greater lengths of time (none of this rebooting to fix a bug like in Windows) and runs leaner (no GUI etc). So it's often a win-win scenario.
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