Open Source Web Ready for Prime Time?

We’ve all seen the headlines about Linux over the last few months. It’s hot. It’s got momentum. Now, the rest of the open source world is beginning to follow on the coattails of it’s poster child. Open source web technologies are seeing a huge increase in popularity. But, are they really ready for primetime?

We’ve all seen the headlines about Linux over the last few months. It’s hot. It’s got momentum. Now, the rest of the open source world is beginning to follow on the coattails of it’s poster child. Open source web technologies are seeing a huge increase in popularity. But, are they really ready for primetime?

Netcraft surveys millions of web hosts on the Internet and tracks web server usage. Take a look at the latest survey. Every major web server is losing market share, except the free Apache web server, with a whopping 56% share- over 3 million sites. Netcraft also keeps track of PHP usage on the web. Between March and April, they saw about 40% growth in the number of domains with PHP enabled – close to 600,000!

We’ve used open sourceware like PHP, Minivend, MySQL and Apache for years. Our decision wasn’t only based on our limited budgets. The programs worked very well. They were flexible enough to meet our needs. They still do. However, there have been bumps in the road. We have to to work around potential security problems. Documentation has improved, but there are still few good reference books. Many of our customers are wary when they don’t recognize brand names like Oracle or Microsoft.

What do you think? Which open source web technologies are ready for big-time? Will you trust your mission-critical data to an open-source database like MySQL? Is there enough support for the products available? Will a lack of training and certification programs for these products result in poor installations and security nightmares? What role can DevShed play in this burgeoning field? Hit the comments link to tell me what you think.

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