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Enterprise Linux Today: Florist.com Blossoms with Open Source E-Commerce Software from Akopia

Dec 26, 2000, 09:10 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Wolley)

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Open source software expands from its traditional webserver and operating system roles to provide the e-commerce application that manages the electronic storefront.

Beverly Hills florist Floral & Hardy is migrating their website, florist.com, to Akopia's Interchange 4.6 open source e-commerce software. Floral & Hardy is renowned as the florist of choice to a number of Hollywood stars; it counts among its clients Michael Douglas, Drew Barrymore, Joan Rivers, and George Clooney. The florist.com website is now set to cast open source Interchange in a starring e-commerce application role -- with open source stars Apache and OpenBSD likely to be cast in their usual supporting roles. MySQL as the database just might round out the open source cast.

The current florist.com website is running Apache on OpenBSD. When contacted by phone, Larry Huffman, the Akopia system architect who is handling the florist.com migration to Interchange, said the decision on the operating system and webserver for the new site had not been finalized. Huffman said it was likely, though, that they would stay with Apache and OpenBSD.

Likewise, Huffman said, a final decision had not been made regarding the supporting database software. The non-public staging site where the new design is being worked out runs Red Hat 6, with Interchange using the Akopia internal database format, GDBM. But switching to any of the other databases that Akopia supports before the site goes live would be simple, according to Huffman, who noted that MySQL is the database most commonly used with Interchange.

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