A hearty second from me. We have been building commercial client/server
apps with WIN frontends and Linux backends using MySQL for two years or more
(at least I've paid for e-mail support for 2 years). We then deploy
MySQL/PHP driven Web pages based on these apps.
As far as commercial OS's, we have been SCO UNIX resellers from the
beginning (circa 1985 originally as an SCO OEM) and quite frankly the Linux,
MySQL, PHP support in an open forum far surpasses our paid commercial
Michael-Clarke Company, Inc.
----- Original Message -----
From: Chad Cunningham <ccunning@stripped>
To: Christopher L Lott <chrisl@stripped>
Cc: <mysql@stripped>; <php3@stripped>
Sent: Saturday, April 17, 1999 4:03 PM
Subject: Re: [PHP3] Re: ERes for Linux (fwd)
> Christopher L Lott wrote:
> > Yes, there are free (unsupported) SQL and scripting environments for
> > 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.
> I do...both for Ohio State University and another company I work for...
> university, we run a departmental gradebook which faculty use to submit
> all grades for mathematics classes. Note that we use this system
> more paper. With approximately 15,000 undergrads going through our
> year, I think this should give you an idea of the faith we have in MySQL
> We're also redoing mathematics placement testing to put it on the web
> and PHP. This will replace paper testing that all students must take upon
> entering. This is for approximately 10-20k student per quarter, and
> records will be maintained. This sytem probably won't go live for another
> > MySQL is still quite buggy, and support is essentially non-existent.
> Buggy? Can you see if they will elaborate. There are some important
> missing, but they will come soon enough. I don't know about buggy. I've
> working with mysql for a few years and have never noticed any serious
> for support... that's the same old opensource myth...
> > 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
> > development costs down.
> VBScript. Oh boy.
> > 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.
> That's because NT doesn't run many services by default. When no one
> the machine, it get's trickier to sniff passwords... Wonder if they're
> on the linux box. And I'm really getting sick of people installing RedHat
> the box with the default setup, and then complaining about how insecure it
> Sure, if you run all the stuff that get's started up by default and don't
> any patches, it probably is. These people don't understand that linux, as
> any os, is only secure as it's admin. If you don't take the proper steps
> your machine, you will get broken into, it's just a matter of time.
> Chad Cunningham
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