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Would The Internet Exist Without Linux? Yes, Very Likely.

This is the dumbest article ever.

Would the internet as we know it exist without Linux? Absolutely not. Where Linux shines the most is in its server applications - no question, says Rich Menga:

Linux was literally the only OS out there that had the right price (free), ran similar to a Unix and could use existing computers of the time to connect customers. Anything else would break the bank way too easily. What would you have used that you could afford? Netware? Lotus Domino? HP-UX (that requires those refrigerator-sized HP servers)? I don't think so.

This is really bold claim but the Internet would certainly exist without Linux. UNIX and the Internet go together. Linux is successful because of the Internet and small group of hackers connected via the Internet. Berkeley Software Distribution (*BSD) is the Unix operating system derivative developed and distributed by the Computer Systems Research Group of the University of California, Berkeley, from 1977 to 1995. Also, most major ISPs and enterprises powered by commercial proprietor platforms such as Cisco. Just look at early successful web applications and companies such as Hotmail, Yahoo, Sony,Amazon and many others. What OS are they using at the time of starup?

Linux is a base platform; you need Perl, PHP, MySQL, Python, MTA and many other open source apps to make it work. Technically, Linux is kernel not even OS. Linux distribution is complete OS. If Linux was not around, Sun, *BSD and other UNIX like oses may have acted as internet servers, period.

Download of the day: Opera Browser Software 9.50

Opera browser software version 9.50 has been released and available for download. From the release note:

We've made the fastest browser in the world even faster with superior support for Web standards. Opera 9.5 is quicker to start, faster at loading Web pages and better at running your favorite Web applications.

* More than 2x faster than Opera 9.2 in rendering JavaScript and HTML
* Faster handling of third party plug-ins
* Much faster start up time
* Superior support for Web standards

Personally, I'm more interested in Opera Dragonfly upcoming developer tool, which makes developing using Opera easier than ever, both on your computer and mobile phone.. It includes:

  • Debug javaScript
  • Inspect CSS and the DOM
  • View any errors and much more.

See complete feature list here online:

Download Opera 9.50

Install and configure MySQL on Windows XP or Vista or 2003 server

There is a nice small article about using MySQL on Windows 2003 or Vista desktop system.

I honestly have to say that, now after years of using MySQL on Windows, I find it to be my favorite database/platform combination of choice. In my opinion, it's easier to use than Microsoft's own database on their platform, the performance and feature set will meet 90+% of the needs that Windows/Web applications have, it consumes less resources than SQL Server, and the reliability is stellar.

This article shows you why you should believe this to be the case and why, if you haven't started using MySQL on Windows yet, you really should think about doing so.

MySQL on Windows? Absolutely! [mysql.com]

A great Zend Framework PHP Tutorial (PDF version)

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This tutorial is intended to give a very basic introduction to using the Zend Framework to write a very basic database driven application.

Zend Framework is a new open source effort aimed at producing a high-quality framework for developing modern, robust, secure web applications and web services in PHP 5.

This tutorial is constantly updated by author.

Download link

Download pdf version at Rob Allen's blog. [English version 83KB]

Also available in Simplified Chinese version, German version, Polish version, and Italian version.