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 15:28 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Slashdot Circa 1999"
darkcoder
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2006-07-14

PHP 5.2.14 came out in 2010. Why should a shopping cart be dependent on the latest version of PHP and a specific series of a web server? Why is there an Apache dependency? What if I don't want to use Apache?


And why are you using an old version of PHP. PHP developers maintain 2 branches (5.4, 5.3) of their software. For each one they do a point release every month or 2 to fix issues (being security most of the time). So having an old (and probably vulnerable) version exposed to the outside world is not very wise.

What you need to do if you use a Linux distribution that is release based, raise the voice and ask them to provide point releases instead of "backporting" bug fixes which usually came late, if they came after all.

Edited 2012-11-27 15:30 UTC

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RE[4]: Slashdot Circa 1999
by ze_jerkface on Wed 28th Nov 2012 18:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Slashdot Circa 1999"
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

And why are you using an old version of PHP. PHP developers maintain 2 branches (5.4, 5.3) of their software. For each one they do a point release every month or 2 to fix issues (being security most of the time). So having an old (and probably vulnerable) version exposed to the outside world is not very wise.


Backwards compatibility and security are not mutually exclusive. With .NET hotfixes simply fix the code without requiring anyone to move to a newer version.

FYI I don't maintain older versions of PHP. But I have had to fix plenty of PHP code that was built against an older version. Sadly there are tons of web framework plug-ins and themes that were built without any regard for maintainability which makes the problem even worse.

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