Entering the ServerMatrix

For several years, I've run my own Linux server on an SDSL connection that I share with a few friends who have their own boxes. Lately, it has become common for Web traffic to hit our 144.0 KB/second wall, and 90-95 percent of that pounding is coming from me.

I've decided to move to a dedicated hosting service, so I solicited advice from some publishers with high-traffic sites. They recommended two hosts with incredible deals: EV1Servers, which offers $99/month Intel Celeron 1.3 GHz servers with 512 RAM, a 60 GB Hard Drive, and 1,000 GB monthly transfer; and a lesser-known company called ServerMatrix that does even better: a $99/month Super Celeron 2.4 GHz with 1024 MB RAM, an 80 GB hard drive, and 1,200 GB monthly transfer.

The choice was easy, especially since I'd have trouble doing business with EV1Servers after that horrible SCO license debacle.

The box will be used primarily as a Java and LAMP platform (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl/Python). As it goes live, I'm going to do something I should have done years ago: Adopt the same operating system on my server and home computer instead of shuffling data between Windows and Linux all the time. Goodbye blue screens of death and weird linefeeds. Hello 200 different config file formats and desperate driver searches.

Radio UserLand's the only everyday application keeping me on Windows XP at home these days, and it can reportedly be run on Linux using Wine. I'm picking up the most current book on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and will undoubtedly hose my new installation in some interesting ways, providing new material for Workbench.

I'm also becoming neighbors with Don Park and Russell Beattie. I wonder if it's a good or bad thing for a company to attract the affections of loud-mouthed webloggers.


I dunno...

First I'll guess I'll hafta LOCATE one-a these here "loud-mouth webloggers" that I keep hearin about, and ask them...


I'm running Radio full time on Linux now and it runs fine. The latest version of Wine runs it without any problems.

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