Christopher L Lott wrote:
> 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.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Sat, 17 Apr 1999 10:18:25 -0700
> From: xxxxx
> To: Chris Lott <fncll@stripped>
> Subject: Re: ERes for Linux
> Hello Chris,
> 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.
I consider this a great insult to the entire MySQL community. If MySQL
is buggy, so is Oracle and other very commercal databases, but with
MySQL you at least have the source you can patch if a certain bug stalls
your development. The support is great, even when you do not pay for it.
Many people run mission-critical 24/7 applications with MySQL behind it.
Our company has used MySQL for the last year, although for a rather
small database, and we have not had any problems with it. Tell this to
this Mister xxxx and invite him to join the list, so that he could be