Windows VPS Packages Now Available

June 25th, 2012

London, 25th June 2012. GigaTux is proud to announce the immediate availability of Windows VPS packages to complement its existing Virtual Private Server lineup.

Since May 2012, GigaTux has been testing Windows Server 2008 on its VPS platform and is proud to announce its immediate availability to the public. By becoming a Microsoft Partner, GigaTux can now offer licenses for Windows Server 2008 which runs in HVM (Hardware Virtual Machine) mode against GigaTux's Xen virtualisation foundations. GigaTux will also offer Windows Server 2012 once it is publicly released.

Detailed instructions are provided to users detailing how to install a Windows VPS, with the the initial VPS state involving booting from a Windows Server 2008 setup CD image. Specifically, instructions are provided on how to utilise the GPL PV drivers - paravirtualisation drivers which vastly improve hard disk and network I/O by providing a virtual device in the domU to interface more directly with the host drivers. This allows for a huge performance increase as opposed to an emulated HVM device and also allows GigaTux to keep prices low by utilising resources more efficiently.

The availability of Windows does not shift the company's direction; GigaTux will always remain committed to Linux as its preferred platform and will continue offering updates to all major distributions. GigaTux is happy to offer Windows as an additional service to users that require it.

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Web Hosting Packages Upgraded

June 21st, 2012

GigaTux has revamped its web hosting offerings, removing previous limitations on mailboxes and database sizes and in some cases offering ten times the amount of disk space and data transfer. All existing customers have had their accounts upgraded and this offer will be ongoing.

GigaTux offers shared hosting packages in London, UK and San Jose and Chicago, USA. These run on an optimised cPanel platform. GigaTux databases all run from a RAID-1 SSD setup for speed and reliability and our systems have proved to be incredibly reliably so far.

Sign up for one of our web hosting packages for instant setup and you will not be disappointed.

Elastix 2.3.0 and FreePBX 1.812.210.57 Available on any Linux VPS

May 31st, 2012

Completing the major Linux distribution refresh that has been underway, GigaTux is proud to announce that the latest stable versions of Elastix and FreePBX, two leading free VoIP PBX solutions, are now available for immediate install on any Linux VPS. GigaTux recommends 256MB at the very least for these distributions, but preferably 512MB.

A GigaTux VPS is ideal for hosting a VoIP solution because of its reliability and constant latency. GigaTux's own phone systems now run on FreePBX on a regular VPS (although if any issues do occur, this can easily be changed manually). GigaTux's experiements show that the performance of these distributions on GigaTux's Xen platform is an ideal solution to most VoIP and PBX requirements.

Please see more information on GigaTux's Elastix VPS and FreePBX VPS pages.

Fedora Core 17 (Beefy Miracle) Available on any Linux VPS

May 30th, 2012

Again, proving that GigaTux keeps bang up to date with the latest going ons in the Linux community, GigaTux is proud to announce that Fedora Core 17 (Beefy Miracle) is now available for automatic install on any GigaTux Linux Hosting VPS in the UK, USA and Germany. GigaTux has manually removed many of the graphical packages this comes with to make a lean, minimal install. Users are of course welcome to reinstall a graphical interface if they choose. This Fedora release has been tested and runs very nicely with GigaTux's Xen system and control panel.

Fedora Core 17 is developed by the community-supported Fedora Project and sponsored by Red Hat. Fedora’s flexibility makes it capable of serving as a digital repository for a variety of use cases. The Fedora Project's mission is to lead the advancement of free and open source software and content as a collaborative community.

Linux Mint 13 (Maya) Available on any Linux VPS

May 24th, 2012

Hot on the heels of yesterday's Mageia 2 release, GigaTux is proud to announe that Linux Mint 13 (Maya) is now available for automatic install on any GigaTux Linux VPS in the UK, USA and Germany. GigaTux has chosen to stick with the productive, stable and mature MATE 1.2 desktop although users are welcome to install Cinnamon if they wish. Linux Mint 13 is Long Term Support release and it will be supported until April 2017.

Linux Mint is a designed for usability and ease of installation, particularly for users with no previous Linux experience. It is available in several editions with different codebases, nearly all of which are based on Ubuntu,which is itself based on Debian.