Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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by ze_jerkface on Sun 25th Nov 2012 06:52 UTC
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Another possibility is to keep Windows but replace Microsoft's proprietary development environment. Leave the ever-shifting sands of Microsoft's frameworks in favor of open source IDEs, programming languages, tools, and databases. Some companies score good savings while producing excellent apps with WAMP (Windows + Apache + MySQL + PHP/Perl/Python )

WTF? Switch PHP/Perl/Python to get away from shifting sands? What a joke, anyone who works on LAMP servers knows damn well how much open source software expects the latest PHP, MySQL, etc or it will puke up some random error that you have to track down. The open source world has nothing like .NET when it comes to backwards compatibility so Fosdick might want to re-think his advocacy pieces.

Oh and no one runs WAMP stacks anymore when we have VMs. It's just too easy to hang yourself thanks to aforementioned dependencies. Too many open source web developers are hard linking to not just LAMP dependencies but also specific versions of CENT/RHEL. Before you get your panties in a bundle that is actually good news for Linux. All these dependencies create intertia for LAMP stacks. It's the shifting sands that lead to RHEL in hyper-v instead of a WAMP or WIMP stack.

Edited 2012-11-25 06:53 UTC

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