Byte.com: Linux In The Big League - Big Sites Gamble On LinuxDec 04, 2000, 21:07 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Moshe Bar)
[ Thanks to Moshe Bar for this link. ]
"The importance of Linux as an OS is still growing, and in fact, in some areas it is surpassing once NT-dominated areas, such as Web servers. I was recently asked to do a project for a large European public company. It received a license from the local finance ministry to run an online casino, and the management opted for an all-Linux solution. Bear in mind that it did so against a very substantial offer from Microsoft to assist the project financially (free Win 2000 licenses) and technically (free onsite MS system engineers)."
"Online gambling is already big in Europe today, and having a legal website to go to, surely will make for a lot of users, and -- more importantly -- a lot of traffic. This particular site is expected to reach upward of 30 million hits per day."
"I was asked to design a solution with the following requirements:
Security (credit card numbers need to travel securely and be stored securely) Performance (all clicks need to be responded within the sub-second, server-side) Scalability (the company needs to be able to respond quickly to increasing traffic) Open standards (no closed or proprietary technology to be used) Reliability (the site needs to be up 99.9 percent of the year)."