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[7]: Slashdot Circa 1999
by Alfman on Tue 27th Nov 2012 16:03 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Slashdot Circa 1999"
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"LOL just ignoring PHP breaks when PHP constitutes the vast majority of plug-ins, modules and third party LAMP software like webmail and DALs. So when working with LAMP projects one only needs to avoid anything written in PHP to avoid breaks? Wow, thanks Captain. Great, everyone go write your own frameworks and plugins from scratch. Try not to build major PHP and MySQL dependencies this time."

You made a claim that LAMP is heavily dependent upon RH/Cent, that's all I'm refuting.

"Going to go with the patronizing attitude, eh?"

Not really, I was playing your bluff. If you haven't actually had any bad experiences, then the next statement becomes mostly hypothetical.

"I never said LAMP is dependent on CENT/Red Hat. I said that using anything but CENT/RHEL for LAMP increases your risk of conflict."

I just haven't seen it, and you probably have not either. As a professional web developer I would be able to provide support for this conflict on behalf of my clients should the need arise. If your policy is to insist on RH/Cent, that's your prerogative. I would too *if* supporting alternatives became difficult, but it simply hasn't.

"How many times do I have to repeat myself? I have never denied that but this is what can happen: You: Hi I think I found a bug in your software that is causing me problems. Them: Which OS are you using?"

Even CentOS itself is an *unsupported* clone of RH, yet it still gets plenty of use because it works. Same goes for debian or any other distro.

I was not able to find any OSS LAMP packages whose official support was limited to Oracle/RH/Cent, can you list a few? If not, will you admit that your argument is more hypothetical than actual?

"I agree that there are economic opportunities for unsupported custom solutions. But for LAMP those custom solutions are built on standard base."

Where have you seen LAMP defining RH/Cent as a standard base?

Look, I don't really want to haggle over this any more. Can we agree that it's ok to use whatever distro is desired as long as the web developers are ok with said configuration?

Edited 2012-11-27 16:06 UTC

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