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