LinuxWorld, Powered by Windows?

Did anyone else catch this? According to The Register, the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo 2006 web page is running powered on Windows Server 2003?! That’s a bit odd…so I checked things out myself by visiting netcraft. Yep, they sure are. Very odd. You’d think that someone who runs a Linux website would make sure that the host they went with and the designers they hired to do the website were Linux people instead of Windows. In fact, if it were me, I’d make damn sure I did it that way.

I looked at their site report from Netcraft and saw that they have just changed within the last month. As I’ve spoken about in the past, some of these larger linux websites/news agencies have really gone down hill. I used to think LinuxWorld was a really great magazine/website. Then they go and pull something like this. Oddly enough, their website has been suffering as of late: According to Alexa, they’ve been on a steady decline since 2004. In fact, my lowly blog here has been garnering more traffic than their site according to Alexa. You do the math…if they can’t beat my silly little blog in traffic, they’re going out fast.

Don’t worry though, I at least have enough sense to always power this site with Open Source and on the Linux platform…even though my primary job is with Microsoft Windows 2000 and 2003 servers. I may be good at Windows AND Linux but I’m no sell out. I bet LinuxWorld wishes they could say the same. I’d cancel my tickets and reservations if you have a spot at that expo. Make sure you check out the heavy hitters that are there too and express your opinions to them on this subject.

Author: devnet

devnet has been a project manager for a Fortune 500 company, a Unix and Linux administrator, a Technical Writer, a System Analyst, and a Systems Engineer during his 20+ years working with Technology.

6 thoughts on “LinuxWorld, Powered by Windows?”

  1. Strange … very strange.

    Regarding the site, their server is suffering cause maybe the domain will be used by others soon, and not by Sys-Con.

    BTW, I like the new look of your site.

  2. Boycott a conference because of the web server platform they have their site on. Yeah, that makes sense.

  3. I would imagine you have a great set of ethics and morals don’t you now? I bet you can’t draw a line at all when it comes to ethical and moral issues eh? For me, it’s one way or the other, black and white. I have no gray. I bet you’re just full of the gray.

    What makes sense is that if you promote and use Linux and have a MAGAZINE ABOUT IT…you should talk the talk AND walk the walk. Instead, they’re just flapping jowls. I wouldn’t want to be a part of anything like that. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

  4. Nice looking site. I need some help. I’m trying to build/buy a computer who’s sole purpose will be to play a few online games. But I need to do this as cheaply as possible.

  5. Perhaps we’re too quick to judge? Perhaps LinuxWorld had a good reason to move to a Windows server?

    Maybe they’re even planning to try it for just a month and then count the uptime and performance and compare it, and publish the results prominently to promote Linux?

    Or perhaps, in order to more efficiently provide Linux news, they needed to run some Windows-only software on the server, and couldn’t deal with the cost of maintaining a dual-OS datacenter?

    Just finding some ways to judge a company favorably. They aren’t necessarily so evil.

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