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 Soulbender on Mon 26th Nov 2012 01:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Slashdot Circa 1999"
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LAMP is PHP land and there is no equivalent to .NET on the server.

The OP talked about PHP/Perl/Python.

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)

OH MY GOD! You found an application with some stringent requirements. Wow, good thing there are no .NET apps out there that require a specific .Net or IIS version....

Why should a shopping cart be dependent on the latest version of PHP and a specific series of a web server

...wait. Does it depend on the latest version or 5.2 and 5.3?

What if I don't want to use Apache?

Have you actually tried using it with something else? We have FPM these days and I'm still to find a PHP app that ran with mod_php and not fpm. Maybe zencart is horribly written and won't work outside mod_php but that's a developer problem, not a PHP one.
Also Apache 2.x or later is not a specific version and if you're still using Apache 1.x you have bigger problems.

I know this first hand since I've had to fix a lot of PHP code that had dependency breaks or was version abandoned by the developer.

In other words, a developer problem and not a PHP problem.

Well you don't know much about LAMP development then.

Yeah, sure I don't. Personal attack already? Argument not going well?

CENT/RHEL is the standard for web servers and going outside it increases the conflict risk.

That's an imaginary risk. In terms of web development the differences between RHEL/CNT and, say, Ubuntu Server or SuSE aren't significant.

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