Which Stack Is the Best Stack?

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-07-10 Print this article Print

Opinion: Linux takes second place to Server 2003 when it comes to applications stacks. Here's why and what can be done about it.

eWEEK Labs has just completed one of the most comprehensive, real-world style tests of Linux, open source and .NET application stacks. The results were, from a Linux fans point of view, annoying.

The tests showed that such vanilla LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Python/PERL) stacks as SLES (SUSE Enterprise Linux Server) 9, Zope, ZODB, and PHP and a pure LAMP based on SLES, produced "C" results.
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They werent bad, but they werent anywhere near as good as an out of the box .NET stack based on Windows Server 2003, IIS (Internet Information Server), SQL Server 2005, ASP (Active Server Pages) and SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Now, having created and run just such tests myself, I know exactly why these benchmarks produced their results. Indeed, eWEEK Labs agrees with me and points these factors out. For example, all their tests were based on standard portal configuration setups. So, youre not really testing the stacks themselves, youre testing the portals. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Which Stack is the Best Stack? Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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