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[5]: Slashdot Circa 1999
by Alfman on Mon 26th Nov 2012 04:37 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Slashdot Circa 1999"
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"LAMP software is more dependent on CENT/RHEL than it was 5 years ago."

I have to disagree, I personally haven't had a single problem working on lamp projects across multiple distros (PHP's own version specific breakages aside). Is there actually something specific that's been giving you trouble? If so, maybe we can help? If not, then what exactly is your evidence that LAMP is dependent upon RH/CENT?

"The LAMP world is not some hippie software exchange;"

If we take "P" to stand for PHP, it might be a bit hippie actually ;)

"it's filled with commercial companies and developers that have limited resources and can't afford to test in every distro."

So what? It doesn't contradict what's been said. Just because a LAMP package isn't supported on X doesn't mean it can't run on X. I've been routinely developing LAMP software on my ubuntu desktop and deploying it to various servers including CENT/Debian for years and not once has that caused a problem. There was once even a mac server.

I swear that I did not know this before today, but my own shared web hosting provider is running Debian. It's never even mattered enough for me to check before. It has little impact on what I do.

Of course, these distros have different approaches to administration and installing packages. But I'd hope that anyone who chooses to use distro X is familiar with how to manage X packages. If that's too much to ask, then you are really setting the bar low.


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

Well, alot of independent developers (particularly web developers) have a job precisely because the open source code clients want to use is *unsupported* and they want *us* to support it. Not to overstate it, but I hope we can agree there's a bit of truth to this?

Edited 2012-11-26 04:46 UTC

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