The Cutting Edge of Linux & Open Source at Your Fingertips

Have you ever tried to purchase a VPS in order to find out that the OS for which you want to use is not available? Have you been frustrated to find which OS are offered for the VPS plans in particular hosting company? AWARDSPACE.COM is the solution of your problems and we are now happy to inform you that we have added 2 new OS to our VPS platform. We believe that our clients should be able to choose from a variety of OS depending on what they are comfortable with.

Debian 9.0 “Stretch”

The first OS which we have added is the recently released on June 17th, 2017 Debian 9 “Stretch”. In Stretch, the default MySQL variant is now MariaDB. Thanks to the Reproducible Builds project, over 90% of the source packages included in Debian 9 will build bit-for-bit identical binary packages. This is an important verification feature which protects users from malicious attempts to tamper with compilers and build networks. The Stretch release is the first version of Debian to feature the modern branch of GnuPG in the gnupg package. This brings with it elliptic curve cryptography, better defaults, a more modular architecture, and improved smartcard support.

This release includes numerous updated software packages, such as:

• Apache 2.4.25
• Asterisk 13.14.1
• Chromium 59.0.3071.86
• Firefox 45.9 (in the firefox-esr package)
• GIMP 2.8.18
• an updated version of the GNOME desktop environment 3.22

• GNU Compiler Collection 6.3
• GnuPG 2.1
• Golang 1.7
• KDE Frameworks 5.28, KDE Plasma 5.8, and KDE Applications 16.08 and 16.04 for PIM components
• LibreOffice 5.2
• Linux 4.9
• MariaDB 10.1

• MATE 1.16
• OpenJDK 8
• Perl 5.24
• PHP 7.0
• PostgreSQL 9.6
• Python 2.7.13 and 3.5.3
• Ruby 2.3

• Samba 4.5
• systemd 232
• Thunderbird 45.8
• Tomcat 8.5
• Xen Hypervisor
• the Xfce 4.12 desktop environment

Ubuntu 16.04 “Xenial Xerus”

The second OS which we have added to our VPS platform is Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS, with codename “Xenial Xerus”, which was released on April 21st, 2016. Although it is not the newest version available it is a new addition to our platform which you can now install on the VPS. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS introduces a new application format, the ‘snap’, which can be installed alongside traditional deb packages.

Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS includes updated packages such as:

• Apt 1.2
• Ceph Jewel 10.1.2
• Golang 1.6
• Juju 2.0
• LXD 2.0

• Linux kernel 4.4
• MySQL 5.7
• Nginx 1.9.15
• Open vSwitch, 2.5.0
• OpenSSH 7.2p2

• PHP 7.0
• Python 3.5
• docker 1.10
• libvirt 1.3.1
• qemu 2.5

As of now the list of the offered OS for the VPS plans which we offer is Debian 7.2 Wheezy, Debian 8 Jessie, Debian 9 Stretch, Ubuntu Server 16.04 TLS and CentOS 6.0. You can purchase a VPS with any of these OSs from our VPS page.