[oclug] Re: LAMP vs MS Solutions for Small Business
rbrockway at opentrend.net
Fri Feb 18 02:47:08 EST 2005
On Fri, 18 Feb 2005, A Blair wrote:
> 2 - Security issues
> There seems to be an edge for Windows/IIS/MSSQL/etc;
> Because security trumps cost for us (as in most businesses) according
> to this analysis the Board would probably go with the Microsoft
I have to take issue with the evaluation that "Windows/IIS/MSSQL" has the
edge in security. Whoever made that assertion better back it up because
it doens't gel with my reality. Go compare the CERT figures for
MS-Windows vs Linux vulnerabilities, especially with respect to severity.
> solution. Whoa, can I be reading this right - a discussion on the
> relative merits on the *Linux* users group mailing list results in the
> adoption of the Microsoft solution?
I always tell people to use what works - but by this I mean they should
look at the big picture too. That includes cost, security, availability
of support and avoidance of lock in.
I'm firmly convinced that future freedom in our society requires adherence
to open standards. Our society is now totally dependent on data held
within computers. Allowing this information to be held in closed formats
(controlled by small groups) is folly as far as I'm concerned. How's that
for the big picture.
 But the reverse is not true - open standards alone will not guarantee
Robert Brockway B.Sc.
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