A common pitfall for new communities looking to host their own Squad servers are the use of Game Server Providers (GSPs), services that specifically offer Squad servers (Usually priced by the slot). While these companies provide automated setup or control panels with basic functions, they all suffer from the same universal issues, and at this point are considered a defacto ripoff. In a nutshell, they don't use the proper hardware for Squad, don't responsibly balance server loads, and deflect their poor performance onto several other factors before they'll address the root issues, simply because it's not profitable to do so. Instead, most existing community admins suggest that players looking to host their own Squad servers use dedicated hosting, where a computer is rented out itself for the "dedicated" purpose of hosting Squad. There's a few extra hoops to jump through to get a licensed dedicated server set up, but the end result is a quality performing server that isn't a complete ripoff.
Availability, price and employee familiarity often determines which operating systems are offered on dedicated servers. Variations of Linux and Unix (open source operating systems) are often included at no charge to the customer. Commercial operating systems include Microsoft Windows Server, provided through a special program called Microsoft SPLA. Red Hat Enterprise is a commercial version of Linux offered to hosting providers on a monthly fee basis. The monthly fee provides OS updates through the Red Hat Network using an application called Yum. Other operating systems are available from the open source community at no charge. These include CentOS, Fedora Core, Debian, and many other Linux distributions or BSD systems FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD.
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