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Can Large Commercial Web Sites Be Run on Free Linux?

Aug 16, 2007, 16:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephane Saux)

"Q: Is it safe for a large commercial Web site to run its servers on a Red Hat clone instead of the real thing?
A:
I think so. We're currently running some trials to find out. We have several dozen servers running Apache on Red Hat 7.3, which is an older version of Red Hat that we are using without a support contract. We also have a smaller number of database servers running MySQL on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (RHEL3), for which we maintain support contracts with Red Hat. Recently, however, I've made a policy decision to move our servers to more recent versions of Linux, perhaps RHEL4 or RHEL5 or equivalent. When we saw what it would cost us to do that with Red Hat, we decided to look at less expensive options, in particular CentOS, which is a free binary clone of Red Hat compiled from the publicly available Red Hat source code..."

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