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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RE[3]: Slashdot Circa 1999
by Alfman on Sun 25th Nov 2012 17:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Slashdot Circa 1999"
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"Well you don't know much about LAMP development then. What developers would like to use and what they build against for business reasons are two entirely different things. CENT/RHEL is the standard for web servers and going outside it increases the conflict risk. That means higher support costs."

I think Soulbender would already agree with your complaints about PHP, as do I. But you are exaggerating the difficulty of using alternate linux distros for the server. It's practically plug and play no matter which distro you use. Also, I haven't had much trouble replacing apache with alternates like lighttp either, just because it's not officially supported doesn't mean it doesn't work.

I'm not saying we should step outside of "supported" installations willy nilly, but if there is a good reason to then it's certainly feasible.

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