LinuxToday.com.au: An Australian Linux Success Story: Sydneypix.comJul 05, 2000, 15:08 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Early this week Linuxtoday.com.au was made aware of an outstanding new E-commerce site launch. Although hundreds if not thousands of new online businesses are launched each week, this one had a major difference - it was built and is entirely hosted using Linux software. The site was sydneypix.com, part of the global (insert your city here)pix.com network, and the Executive Producer was Simon Monk. Linuxtoday.com.au spoke virtually with Mr Monk this week about this new and exciting site launch."
"[Q:] In what ways could you see that using Linux as a base o/s for developing (and hosting?) your new site was an advantage over developing under alternative platforms such as Microsoft Windows or the Mac OS?
[A:] The site was always designed for a Linux machine running Apache/PHP/MySQL. This combination of tools had been proven over and over again on previous web sites we have built. With the site being constantly accessed from people all over the world we needed it up all the time. We are happy to say we have had 100% uptime since the inception of SydneyPix.com. Linux stability is simply legendary ... or maybe it is actually as it should be, but we're all so used to Windows NT we perceive it as such!"
"[Q:] Did you seek the help of contractors or other companies in developing your site under Linux? If so, did you find that there was a skilled work force available to help you develop the site, or was it hard to find people with the qualifications you needed?
[A:] Well, this is what I/we do for a living so from this perspective it was relatively easy! I am Executive Producer with HotHouse, and my developer Matt, was one of our programmers until he broke off to form LinuxWorx. We knew all the likely issues beforehand, and knew how to ship a site in record time. Its not so hard when you all understand the rules."
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