my friend claims taht she lags on cracked servers while premium servers she doesnt lag on. On my aternos server she told me to turn it premium cuz she lagged. I said thats not how it works then left and wont play. i can't tell if she is an idiot or maybe i am idk (she said my discord notifications are on the top right but its on the left. she says m8t but 8 means eight so it should be m8). she said its a premium thing that you dont lag in premium or something idk.
in discord she said "just make it not cracekd pls so no lag"
i also did this to prove one of us wrong
edit: to prevent confusion, both of us have premium accounts. I always make my servers cracked so my other friends could join (if ever they would)
Aside from such trivia as legality , the issue with 'cracked' servers is the lack of quality control and the potential for 'acquiring' mal-ware.
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Lag can come from many sources, but there is a general correlation between high performance servers (which, being pricey, tend to be "premium servers" rather than something an individual runs as a hobby) and lower lag. Other circumstances (ie physical path distance) being equal.
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A "cracked" server is simply a server which has "online-mode" set to false in server.properties - yes, that's all you have to do (somehow, this has been around for at least 8 years; it does allow you to connect to your own server if Mojang's authentication servers are down but there are better ways they could have done this, such as making you use a password you set when creating the server to login):
online-mode boolean true
Server checks connecting players against Minecraft account database. Only set this to false if your server is not connected to the Internet. Hackers with fake accounts can connect if this is set to false! If minecraft.net is down or inaccessible, no players will be able to connect if this is set to true. Setting this variable to off purposely is called "cracking" a server, and servers that are presently with online mode off are called "cracked" servers, allowing players with unlicensed copies of Minecraft to join.
It is also entirely free to download a server jar and set it up - no registration is required and you don't even have to own the game. This is comparable to "demo" mode, which is simply set by a command-line argument to the game, not a special version in its own right (versions older than 1.3.1 ignore this and allow you to play the full game; back then they did have a special "demo" version). Either way, this is a major reason why it is so easy to "crack" the game - no actual modifications are required, just some editing of a file, or a one-time modification to the launcher to remove the demo flag (the actual game files don't have to be altered so this would be compatible with any version, including future versions, unless Mojang decided to change it).
Your posts put me in a bad mood. Smart people are able to ask simple questions without calling someone else (a friend? Really?) an idiot or dumb.
You do know that this statement makes you a huge hypocrite by indirectly calling OP dumb, right?
On topic: As said above, premium servers tend to be faster because usually they are run on better hardware. Premium servers are usually intended to accept more players, which again requires better hardware.
In the end, just switch your server to premium to show that it doesn't make a difference. If I understood correctly your cracked friends don't join either way. If they change their mind and want to join later you can switch it back if you need to. It's your privately run server that you don't profit from (unless you do?) so nobody can really tell you what to do with it.
Not only are cracked servers typically slower, but they are also illegal! Premium ftw!
They are perfectly legal and use the exact same software, thus perform the same on the same hardware, as a normal server, as seen by my previous reply - all you have to do to "crack" a server is change a setting in a configuration file, which Mojang would have patched out long ago (it is at least 8 years old) if they really wanted to stop people from using "offline" mode (the only reason for it is to it allow you to access your own server if Mojang's authentication servers are down, but they could have done it better, like have you set up a password that only the server admins know).
What would be illegal, and possibly slower and/or containing malware are modified/hacked servers, or more likely, clients.
Nothing Changes other than the settings Cracked and Premium servers use the same software to run a server it could be craftbukkit spigot or other only the server setting for premium is off so cracked players can join. Your friend is probably just playing on bad servers that rely on cracked players because they don't have the money to buy a good server. I am sure there would be good cracked servers only problem is that i wouldn't trust the client your friend uses to run the game.