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 Tue 27th Nov 2012 18:06 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Slashdot Circa 1999"
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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....

The major difference being you can target older versions of .NET even if the framework or IIS version has been upgraded. There is no pressure to target latest since there is only one framework and security updates are applied uniformly. It's a clean system but on web servers the inertia is behind LAMP so Windows Server ends up with the same chicken and egg problem as Linux on the desktop.

Have you actually tried using it with something else?

I used it merely as an example since it is commonly used. You'll find most of the competition to Zencart also targets a very recent version of PHP. It goes back to the treadmill problem that I was talking about.

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

It's only imaginary if you think support risks are imaginary. Can all distros get a LAMP stack up and going through the repository? Of course, but the risks exist in third party software especially where there is a commercial drive to sell to shared hosts where the typical environment is a CENT/RHEL based LAMP setup. There is also a lot of Oracle stuff that isn't supported in minor distros and I'm sure that will get worse over time. In fact I fully expect Oracle to pull a rug shake at some point where they make Unbreakable Linux look like the safer choice for web hosts.

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