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 Morgan on Mon 26th Nov 2012 00:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Slashdot Circa 1999"
Morgan
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Here is an example:

Zencart (one of the top shopping carts)
Zen Cart v1.5.0

Minimum server requirements:

PHP 5.2.14 or higher, or PHP 5.3.5 or higher.
Apache 2.x or newer (Specifically the latest PCI Compliant version)

PHP 5.2.14 came out in 2010. Why should a shopping cart be dependent on the latest version of PHP and a specific series of a web server?


You answered your own question in your example: PCI Compliance. I'm dealing with this exact issue with a client right now. I've almost convinced her to leave Zen Cart behind for a sane solution, but she has a love/hate relationship with it; she loves the power and flexibility, but loathes the compliance issues. If it weren't for the PCI Compliance nightmare, I'd be content to support her Zen Cart instance, but it's making us both pull our hair out.

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