Debian Linux is an open source operating system that can be downloaded for use by anyone, for free. The OS was developed by Ian Murdock in 1993 and is currently maintained and administered by the Debian Project, a large and growing group of programmers from around the world. Thousands of educational institutions, commercial enterprises and government organizations use Debian in a variety of applications such as file and print services, database and mail servers and for running Web applications.
Several factors make Debian Linux ideal for Web hosting environments and for VPS Hosting purposes as well. Debian Linux runs on a wide variety of microprocessor architectures, so it allows a VPS Hosting provider to use the same operating system across heterogeneous hardware platforms. Debian Linux is also relatively easily upgradable and can be fully administered and managed remotely. Another reason why Debian makes sense for Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting is its ease of installation and configuration. The security features integrated into the Debian distribution also makes Debian VPS environments highly secure and reliable for commercial hosting purposes.
The sophisticated system logging capabilities supported by the operating system makes it possible for administrators of Debian VPS environments to log activity within a virtual environment to a far greater degree that possible on other Linux VPS environments. The sheer number of packaged applications that are available for Debian and the fact it is supported by a worldwide network of software professionals makes Debian an ideal solution for a Linux VPS service provider.