[oclug] Re: LAMP vs MS Solutions for Small Business
rod at giffinscientific.com
Fri Feb 18 07:47:18 EST 2005
I'll deal with the "security" issue after this.
On Fri, February 18, 2005 1:39, A Blair said:
> Because security trumps cost for us (as in most businesses) according
> to this analysis the Board would probably go with the Microsoft
> 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?
Well, no actually. Because the conversation is fixed on your end. All we
know about the requirement is that you say you want to build a POS system
from the ground up. Your programmer friend on the other hand, knows your
business probably pretty intimately by now.
You mentioned a weblog, which happens to compare IIS6 with Apache 2.0.X
That weblog turns out to belong to a Microsoft employee, who is comparing
a single released product with an entire product line, including every
beta and release candidate that was ever produced. He is also using
statistics in a peculiar way because Apache 2.0.X covers a lot of
territory, including beta and release candidate software. IIS6 is a
single released product.
Nonetheless, he says he is quoting from Securina.com, which is actually a
reputable company. SO let's see what Securina.com ACTUALLY says
(references are cited).
"Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 6 with all vendor patches
installed and all vendor workarounds applied, is currently affected by one
or more Secunia advisories rated Moderately critical " --
"Apache 2.0.x with all vendor patches installed and all vendor workarounds
applied, is currently affected by one or more Secunia advisories rated
Less critical" -- http://secunia.com/product/73/
So while IIS 6 is rated as moderatly critical, Apache is rated LESS
critical. That would actually tip the scales in favour of LAMP, don't you
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