In an effort to compete with the popularity of AWS, the Linux Foundation is rolling out a new Wildcard Hosting platform that lets you pick your own server, which it says offers “the same features and performance, while using less space.”
The platform is called Linux Wildcard and it’s a standalone system with no cloud hosting capabilities.
The Wildcard platform is a little different than other hosts because it doesn’t run Linux on top of an existing Linux server, but instead, it runs a new, Linux-based server on top.
The new Wildcards run Amazon’s Linux operating system on top, and then, in an effort for more flexibility and scalability, add support for running a variety of open source Linux distributions.
“It is a very flexible and powerful system,” said Linus Torvalds, co-founder of the Linux foundation, in a blog post.
“Linux Wildcard has the capability to be a Linux host as well as a Linux server.”
The Linux Foundation says Linux Wildcards have been around since 2013 and that it has hosted Linux servers using the system since the beginning of 2016.
They offer two types of servers, Linux Server and Linux Server+Linux WildCard.
Linux Server is the default system that runs a variety.
Linux WildCard hosts Linux server apps, so-called Linux apps.
The Linux Wild Cards are Linux server applications running on the underlying Linux server.
Linux Servers are Linux servers running on a variety, or a single Linux server that supports multiple Linux servers.
The goal of the Wildcard Platform is to make Linux more widely supported, but it does come with some caveats.
The platform requires users to purchase an “extended license” which gives them access to the platform.
It also requires Linux users to create a separate, secure private key.
And it doesn, of course, require users to run Linux servers on Amazon’s cloud servers.
There are still plenty of ways to run an AWS Linux server for free.
You can use Linux servers as the default server on a dedicated server.
Or, you can run your own Linux server on Amazon Linux servers, which are cheaper and require less hardware than an AWS server.
And there are plenty of Linux servers that will work with AWS Linux servers just fine, but you might want to consider running a Linux Server or Wildcard server for a single AWS server or virtual machine to host applications that run on multiple Linux hosts.
This post has been updated with additional information about the new Linux Wild Card and AWS.
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