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[4]: Slashdot Circa 1999
by ze_jerkface on Sun 25th Nov 2012 18:22 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Slashdot Circa 1999"
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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.

Yes it is plug and play for a basic setup and the same is true for Windows Server and FreeBSD. Want CPANEL? It's only supported in CENT/RHEL. Sure you can probably get it working in Debian but then all it takes is a single module break down the line to make you wish you stayed in the norm. LAMP software is more dependent on CENT/RHEL than it was 5 years ago. The LAMP world is not some hippie software exchange; it's filled with commercial companies and developers that have limited resources and can't afford to test in every distro.

just because it's not officially supported doesn't mean it doesn't work.

That doesn't fly in the business world. You don't stake your reputation on unsupported software.

Edited 2012-11-25 18:25 UTC

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