IBM: ‘LAMP’ users need to grow up


_ IBM: ‘LAMP’ users need to grow up: ZDNet Australia: News: Software

Businesses that run on the Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP/Python (LAMP) model will have to “grow up” to avoid reliability issues in future, an IBM executive said.

This is a very interesting read, but I think a bit short sighted.

Here is a follow up:
_ IBM poop heads say LAMP users need to “grow up”

No. The LAMP stack is a properly constructed piece of software. Features are added when an actual person has an actual need that arises in the actual field, not when some group of highly qualified architecture astronauts and marketing splash-seekers get together to compete for who can come up with the most grown-up piece of useless new crap to throw in the product.

The LAMP model works because it was built to work for and by people building real stuff. The big vendor / big tools model failed because it was built to work for Gartner, Forrester, and Upper Management whose idea of “work” turned out to be completely wrong.

Seems like the story will differ depending on whom you speak to. Definitions of what an enterprise application is and needs to do will also differ depending on the size and shape of the enterprise… so we’re suck at a moot point, where the sales and marketing guys think differently to the developers and sysadmins.

I say, build what your users need and will use…



_ Rands In Repose: N.A.D.D.

If you’re still with me, it might mean you know that you already suffer from some type of NADD-related disorder. Let’s find out:

Stop reading right now and take a look at your desktop. How many things are you doing right now in addition to reading this column? Me, I’ve got a terminal session open to a chat room, I’m listening to music, I’ve got Safari open with three tabs open where I’m watching Blogshares, tinkering with a web site, and looking at weekend movie returns. Not done yet. I’ve got iChat open, ESPN.COM is downloading sports new trailers in the background, and I’ve got two notepads open where I’m capturing random thoughts for later integration into various to do lists. Oh yeah, I’m writing this column, as well.

Looks like I’m going to have to embrace my handicap…

Hat tip: Marc

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Mark Shuttleworth is Canonical (Ubuntu)


OK, so I’ve just installed Ubuntu, and am sooooooo very impressed with what I’ve got going here… So impressed that I’m seriously thinking of doing the same to my desktop – Ubuntu is a really cool desktop. So impressed that I’m thinking that first thing I need to do is get LAMP set up.

So I start looking around the web for people who have done it before, and lo and behold, turns out that Mark Shuttleworth is behind Canonical, the same guys that sent me the Ubuntu discs that I blogged about the other day. Wow!

That kinda makes sense though – Ubuntu is distinctly African, Mark is African, and from his website, it looks like he’s pushing the whole Open Source thing pretty heavily. Sounds like he’s also a Python guy, which adds more respect. If you look around Google, you’ll probably also find more stuff you didn’t know ;-)

But where is your blog Mark?