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 Mon 26th Nov 2012 00:54 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Slashdot Circa 1999"
ze_jerkface
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2012-06-22

No that doesn't answer my question because you could have PCI compliance without dependence on a specific web server version. It also doesn't explain why a shopping cart needs the latest PHP.

Most LAMP software lacks data abstraction layers and backwards compatibility. Why is it so hard to admit this? It's not like Linux is threatened on web servers.

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RE[5]: Slashdot Circa 1999
by Morgan on Mon 26th Nov 2012 01:05 in reply to "RE[4]: Slashdot Circa 1999"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Sorry, I thought it would be obvious. In software like Apache web server and PHP, vulnerabilities are found nearly every day, necessitating patches and new versions to be put out by the developers. I for one would certainly not want to be running a web app like Zen Cart, which is responsible for handling customer's private data and in some cases financial records, on older, unpatched software.

Perhaps you are working in the wrong field?

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RE[6]: Slashdot Circa 1999
by ze_jerkface on Tue 27th Nov 2012 08:34 in reply to "RE[5]: Slashdot Circa 1999"
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Quite amusing, it's all just for pci compliance, huh? So I should be able to swap in any pci compliant web server without any problems? Are you really going to tell me that with a straight face?

A cute defense and I see by your points that many OSNews readers bought into it but it's just another flailing attempt at trying to downplay the longstanding problem of dependency hell in Linuxland.

I can see you are too sensitive to be able to discuss this issue with intellectual honesty. I'm used to that with Linux fans, no big deal.

Edited 2012-11-27 08:38 UTC

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