I've included a snippet of a conversation I am having with a software
company that is basically discontinuing their Linux product in favor of
NT-- one of the primary reasons being that there is, according to him, no
good SQL database app for Linux, as well as no good scripting languages.
Nothing up to the standards of ASP and SQL Server that is.
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Date: Sat, 17 Apr 1999 10:18:25 -0700
To: Chris Lott <fncll@stripped>
Subject: Re: ERes for Linux
I'm glad you gave me the opportunity to respond to some of your concerns
about ERes, with respect to the choice of operating system...
Yes, there are free (unsupported) SQL and scripting environments for Unix,
for example, MySQL for the database and php for scripting, but although
they are good for small development projects, no company on the market
develops their professional systems using these tools. MySQL is still
quite buggy, and support is essentially non-existent. If we were to opt
for a Unix-based solution, it would have to be built using professional
tools, such as a ColdFusion application server and/or an Oracle/Informix
SQL database. These alone would raise the cost of ERes by 3 to 5 to 8
K. And that doesn't count the fact that the actually development of the
system is much more straightforward using VBSCript, etc., which keeps our
development costs down.
I should also note that the performance of an NT system will be way more
than sufficient for an application such as ERes. And at least in our
experience, NT offers better security: while 3 of systems running under
Linux have been hacked in the last 9 months, we have had no reports of
problems from our sites running under NT.