IBM: ‘LAMP’ users need to grow up

by oneafrikan on June 29, 2005

_ 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…

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