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 darkcoder on Tue 27th Nov 2012 19:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Slashdot Circa 1999"
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Well you don't know much about LAMP development then. What developers would like to use and what they build against for business reasons are two entirely different things. CENT/RHEL is the standard for web servers and going outside it increases the conflict risk. That means higher support costs.

Again don't get defensive since all these annoying dependencies benefit Linux when it comes to web servers. It creates inertia and discourages stepping outside the norm.

Maybe RHEL is the standard in Linux servers, but their long term release is not the best choice for all the packages that form the RHEL distribution. Yes, a LTS Kernel/Core packages mean a stable system, but why I want backported patches to all the web apps it provides. They don't even trust that system on their own servers. For example, check in RHEL/CENTOS repository which version of Bugzilla they have available for install. I'm sure they don't have the last one, which in fact is the one currently running on their own bug tracking server.

Also (and sorry if I get you down of that cloud), (1) Developers test against the upstream packages, that's why a package said it requires at least X.Y version, and (2) Who told you upstream developers user RHEL in the first place. They usually use more lean and clean distributions (the lest fat, the better).

Edited 2012-11-27 19:51 UTC

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