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GoDaddy.com Dumps Linux for Microsoft 445

RobertB-DC writes "Bargain-basement registrar GoDaddy.com has decided to move all its parked domains to Microsoft servers, saying that they'll provide 'a technology platform that is security-enhanced, highly scalable and easy to manage.' This is a shift away from Linux, a decision met with derision by other registrars such as Gandi.net, which greeted the news with the headline 'Go Daddy and never come back'. Late last year, GoDaddy.com had some 'issues', shall we say, with non-Microsoft browsers."
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GoDaddy.com Dumps Linux for Microsoft

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  • Incredible! (Score:5, Funny)

    by OmgTEHMATRICKS ( 836103 ) on Wednesday March 22, 2006 @11:47PM (#14978199) Journal
    Ghandi never struck me as the kind of guy who trashtalks others. Well you learn something new everyday, I suppose.
    • Gandhi. G-A-N-D-H-I.

      In college, I took a course called Gandhi's India, about--what else?--the life of Gandhi, and Gandhi's contributions to modern India. Come the day of the midterm, the class swelled to twice its usual size; most of the new faces spelled his name "Ghandi" in their essays. My professor didn't look too kindly on these idiots. Damn if she didn't look good otherwise.
      • She didn't like my essay either. It was about how he used to dip his bald head in oil and rub it all over my body [seinfeldscripts.com].
    • Re:Incredible! (Score:3, Informative)

      > Ghandi never struck me as the kind of guy who trashtalks others

      Gandi.net was sold in September 2005, a new team is in charge.

      http://www.makarevitch.org/rant/rant.html [makarevitch.org]

    • Re:Incredible! (Score:3, Informative)

      by fatphil ( 181876 )
      Gandhi hated kaffirs. And was pro-Apartheid.

      He lived in South Africa for quite a long time, and
      wrote a lot while there. Almost everything he wrote
      about the blacks there was negative, and to be frank,
      downright racist. The "uncivilized races", he called
      them. That's trash talk in anyone's book.

      Sorry, but the infallable image of Gandhi is one that
      needs to be punctured. See the Penn & Teller 'Bullshit'
      episode about 'heroes', where they also crucify the
      Dalai Lama, and Mother Theresa. (The latter being someone
    • by m50d ( 797211 )
      Clearly you have never played Civilization.

      "I am Gandhi of the Indians. Our words are backed by NUCLEAR WEAPONS
      We have decided to rid the world of your worthless civilization. Prepare for WAR"

  • Who cares? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CRCulver ( 715279 ) <crculver@christopherculver.com> on Wednesday March 22, 2006 @11:47PM (#14978201) Homepage
    Since most of these parked domain names are just misspellings of respectable sites or total nonsense, full of links to casinos and places to get prescription drugs, which no one would ever actually register and use for hosting, does it really matter what OS the server is running?
    • Re:Who cares? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by biocute ( 936687 ) on Wednesday March 22, 2006 @11:50PM (#14978212) Homepage
      It does, as bragging rights for Microsoft to show that its server solution is hosting xx% of the internet.
      • by jd ( 1658 ) <{moc.oohay} {ta} {kapimi}> on Thursday March 23, 2006 @12:39AM (#14978461) Homepage Journal
        Most of the other servers hold xxx% of the Internet, and the remaining 5 hold the tech/geek content.
      • by Bacon Bits ( 926911 ) on Thursday March 23, 2006 @12:57AM (#14978525)
        Well, hey, maybe IIS returns empty HTML documents faster than Apache.

        Or maybe they hope to obfuscate their security by running Apache on Windows. Send all the malformed POST requests you want. Win32 isn't going to successfully execute your Linux code!
      • Re:Who cares? (Score:5, Interesting)

        by jmorris42 ( 1458 ) * <jmorris@beau . o rg> on Thursday March 23, 2006 @02:02AM (#14978755)
        > It does, as bragging rights for Microsoft to show that its server solution is
        > hosting xx% of the internet.

        You are close to the truth. Watch Netcraft. Anytime Microsoft gets near the 20% mark a fresh deal is announced about some parked domains moving to IIS. They really can't afford to drop into the teens and retain any credibility as a player in the server space so they spend whatever it takes to prevent it.

        The more important number is Netcraft's active domains number and IIS is only at about 25% there. That gives a better picture of where they stand. Take out their own massive net operations and those of their slaves (Dell, HP, heck, most everybody who sells PCs, software or who develops heavy on Windows) who use IIS because they fear the consequences of using anything else and it would really be pitiful.
      • Misinterpretation (Score:5, Informative)

        by pingveno ( 708857 ) on Thursday March 23, 2006 @03:00AM (#14978886)
        They are not removing their Linux hosting. Go to godaddy.com, Hosting & Servers, Virtual Dedicated Servers. All of the preconfigured plans use Red Hat Fedora Core 2. The "Hosting Plans" section of their web site allows the user a choice between Fedora and Windows. This move to Windows is in just in a certain part of their system. Removing support for Linux web servers would be suicide. Microsoft's web serving numbers aren't going anywhere from this decision.
    • Re:Who cares? (Score:5, Informative)

      by JordanL ( 886154 ) <jordan@ledoux.gmail@com> on Thursday March 23, 2006 @12:22AM (#14978396) Homepage
      Well I just called in about the 1 domain I have there, and they flat out told me that none of their domain servers and/or name servers are IIS or will be moving to IIS. A closer look at the article reveals the openning statement:

      Microsoft Corp. today announced that GoDaddy.com®

      Perhaps MS misunderstood what their product was being purchased for? Or maybe I was being lied to...
      • Re:Who cares? (Score:5, Informative)

        by Denney ( 947351 ) on Thursday March 23, 2006 @12:41AM (#14978466)
        The actual press-release on Yahoo! Finance states "Go Daddy® will have moved all its parked domains from Linux to the Windows platform." That does not include domain servers or name servers. If my understanding is correct, parked domains are on one set of servers, while all the other services are being provided from other sets of servers. Thus, I think you were told the truth by the GoDaddy folks, and Microsoft is also telling the correct story, although the heading of the Press Release makes the news sound bigger than it really is.
        • Re:Who cares? (Score:5, Interesting)

          by SillySnake ( 727102 ) on Thursday March 23, 2006 @02:00AM (#14978750)
          This is clearly Go Daddy trying to do us all a favor. No one likes the dumb mispelling domains with tons of sponsored search links for pr0n, pills, and the such.. This is simply Go Daddy declaring open season on all the parked domains they host.. It's that simple :)
        • So basically:

          - All the domains that are empty (parked awaiting content) will be served from Windows servers

          - All the domains that have content, that somebody cares about, will be served from Linux as before

          Gosh, what a victory for Microsoft.
    • Re:Who cares? (Score:5, Informative)

      by ImaLamer ( 260199 ) <john.lamarNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Thursday March 23, 2006 @01:38AM (#14978668) Homepage Journal
      I own two domains that are "parked" there until I can use them (i.e. iheartje.ws) and who cares? Their parked domains have no reason to really stay online. They exist to advertise for GoDaddy and their minions until you setup shop. In a way I assume that is why there are so many sales at GoDaddy.

      No matter you can get Linux & Windows (shared) hosting still:

      https://www.godaddy.com/gdshop/hosting/shared.asp [godaddy.com]

      and it's all Fedora on the dedicated side:

      https://www.godaddy.com/gdshop/hosting/dedicated.a sp [godaddy.com]

      Not really a story.
      • Re:Who cares? (Score:4, Interesting)

        by ImaLamer ( 260199 ) <john.lamarNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Thursday March 23, 2006 @01:50AM (#14978721) Homepage Journal
        Now that I read it, the legal agreement is the story:

        http://documents.secureserver.net/show/document.as px?plvid=1&name=hosting_sa [secureserver.net]

        in no event shall Your web site consist of the following: search results, registration, "thank you", error, email or chat pages, pages comprised primarily of other advertising or pages that contain any of the following types of content: pornographic, obscene or excessively profane content or content intended to advocate or advance computer hacking or cracking, gambling, illegal activity, drug paraphernalia, hate, violence or racial or ethnic intolerance.

        I can't put ads on my own error pages? Even if I'm hosting 30 domains on a dedicated account? Since when is bad web design a reason to shut a website down; so what if I plaster the thing with ads? And saying that gambling and drug talk isn't allowed goes a little far as restrictions vary from state to state and even from city to city (in the USA).
        • Re:Who cares? (Score:3, Insightful)

          I can't put ads on my own error pages?

          Not what it says, really:

          "in no event shall Your web site consist of...pages comprised primarily of other advertising".

          That tells me that you can't have a *site* that is devoid of content and is basically an ad farm. If you have a site that's full of content with an ad here or there, including on your error pages, that's not a problem as I read the above.

  • It's just an OS (Score:4, Insightful)

    by BadAnalogyGuy ( 945258 ) <BadAnalogyGuy@gmail.com> on Wednesday March 22, 2006 @11:49PM (#14978208)
    An OS is no good without applications on top of it.

    If GoDaddy doesn't have the wherewithal to develop applications for Linux, maybe they'll have better luck with Windows. It gives them the ability to use ASP.Net on the server side with all the benefits that entails.
    • Re:It's just an OS (Score:5, Insightful)

      by pavera ( 320634 ) on Wednesday March 22, 2006 @11:56PM (#14978253) Homepage Journal
      Except as the article states and then quickly dusts under the carpet, this only applies to their parked domains which host no services, no actual sites, and are just place holders. They won't be developing any applications for these domains anyway.

      If they were moving actual hosting to windows, then maybe this would be real news, but they can't do that, actual hosting requires offering windows and linux as the platform, they aren't going to force their customers to rewrite all of their php/apache/mysql web sites in asp/iis/sql server
  • by HishamMuhammad ( 553916 ) on Wednesday March 22, 2006 @11:50PM (#14978209) Homepage Journal
    GoDaddy has jumped the shark,
    News at eleven
    All your base to Microsoft.
  • I have approx. 13 domain names registered with GoDaddy. I've always loved their service and prices.

    Now, while I don't mind Windows (yes, counter-culture here on Slashdot) for my desktop OS, I can't stand using windows for anything related to hosting web sites, if only for the fact that I'm used to working with Linux, MySQL, and being able to chmod (yes, Windows boxes have something similar, but it doesn't work nearly as well through FTP).

    So I'm assuming the service is going to start going downhill. Anyone c
    • I have half a dozen myself, and the only reason I have this many is Go Daddy is so inexpensive. As far as parking domains, who cares? It's just a "under construction" or whatever site. For real hosting you pick one of the innumerable other options that give you PHP/MySQL etc. for a few bucks a month, or more elaborate if your traffic needs it.

    • If they are only using it for Parked domains it shouldn't effect your services, unless you are using it for parked domains that is.
    • Re:Well, then. (Score:3, Informative)

      by dave1212 ( 652688 ) *
      http://www.domainsatcost.ca/ [domainsatcost.ca]

      Very solid, been with them for about 4 years with 9 domains. Not as cheap, but that doesn't matter if the service is better. They do .ca registrations as well, but I use them for everything.

      I'm going to move my remaining 4 domains off GoDaddy as well and over to domainsatcost. Big business needs to realize that associating itself with MS or Windows is a bad thing.
    • Re:Well, then. (Score:5, Informative)

      by geniusj ( 140174 ) on Thursday March 23, 2006 @01:07AM (#14978566) Homepage
      I was involved in this project, and I'm pretty sure I can relay the following information at the least:

          The only thing that has changed are our PARKED web servers. Linux and open source is still used in many other places that are not changing. I can't go into specifics on this stuff, but I just wanted to clarify that that is all that changed. Hosting is still offered under both Linux/PHP (and I believe RoR) and Windows/ASP, and Linux is hosting many other systems as well.
  • Sigh... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by OxygenPenguin ( 785248 ) <mrunyon@gmail.com> on Wednesday March 22, 2006 @11:51PM (#14978217) Homepage
    I use GoDaddy for my hundreds of domain registrations....too bad to see them make this decision. Not to be a blatant Microsoft troll, but it is nearly generally recognized in the server community that Linux/Apache is a more secure solution than Windows. Why would GoDaddy site security as their reason to change vendors?
  • "It was clear from all of the testing we've conducted that Microsoft provides an efficient and scalable operating platform, while also providing the performance needed to handle our extraordinary growth."

  • I wonder why...? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Zarel ( 900479 ) on Wednesday March 22, 2006 @11:53PM (#14978223)
    I think we can all agree that, at the very least, Linux SERVERS are better than Windows servers.

    And, GoDaddy should at least know that much.

    So, the question is, why are they doing it? Do you think Microsoft is paying them to do this? Did management's preconception that "Windows is what we use on our desktops, so it MUST be good for our servers" override any rational thought? Did they think it would trick customers who didn't know better and think, "They use Windows, just like our own computers, it must be good"?

    Any thoughts?
    • by Foofoobar ( 318279 )
      Well I have known Microsoft to bend over backwards to give away their product just so that they can have a poster child. I also know that Microsoft is trying to get into web hosting. I wouldn't be surprised to see some kind of business arrangement coming down the line.

      I expect all their Apache customers will be bailing and going elsewhere... not a smart move when you consider the market share Apache has and how many people applications use the LAMP stack.

      My Prediction??Watch their business drop by at least
    • by glwtta ( 532858 )
      I think we can all agree that, at the very least, Linux SERVERS are better than Windows servers.

      Eh, that's not really true - better at what? I'm sure there are plenty of applications where Windows kicks Linux's ass, a blanket "better than" isn't really something you can apply to something as complex as a server OS.

      I personally would never consider a Windows environment for any of my work, but that's mainly because I have no desire to be Microsoft's bitch; clearly this is not as important to many people.

      • I'm sure there are plenty of applications where Windows kicks Linux's ass, a blanket "better than"

        Since we are talking about DNS services here there is no blanket and the MS operating systems and applications are left behind. If you spread the blanket to include web serving software a lot of other things still leave it behind, due to the overhead of NT. If you are talking about .NET applications or something to talk to MS Outlook (outlook not so good), then MS Windows is going to be the only thing that do

    • by Stevyn ( 691306 )
      I think your statement that all linux servers are better than windows servers is way to general for any rational person to believe.

      Second, do you really think management came to this decision because they noticed the green start button on their screen? They did this over money. Microsoft probably wanted their business enough to charge them next to nothing and offer better support than Linux forums can offer. If they can take that savings and pass it along to their stockholders or customers then good for
  • by notaprguy ( 906128 ) on Wednesday March 22, 2006 @11:53PM (#14978227) Journal
    They talked about moving to Windows and said, basically, that the costs roughly in line with Linux when you take into account administration/management costs and that MSFT was bending over backwards to meet their needs. They liked MSFT's customer service. They like ASP.NET because of the capabilities it provides. They like MSFT's vision and...most important of all...their customers liked the results when they used Windows hosting sevices.
  • by codepunk ( 167897 ) on Wednesday March 22, 2006 @11:54PM (#14978232)
    MS is just pissed off that they keep loosing market share on netcraft so the likely dropped godaddy a big ole wad of cash to move all those worthless
    parked domains to IIS servers....To think there is a technical reason or advantage is pure hog wash...

    And don't give me a bunch of bull about how great .net is. Being a ex asp programmer I grabbed the latest copy of visual studio and had a little go with
    it.....guess what, it is still the same buggy piece of crap it always was.
  • Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out?
  • "Our business is based on providing the best possible service at the lowest possible price. This strategy requires us to maximize all of our resources, particularly our technology assets," said Warren Adelman, GoDaddy.com president and COO. "It was clear from all of the testing we've conducted that Microsoft provides an efficient and scalable operating platform, while also providing the performance needed to handle our extraordinary growth."

    Gnnrh, erk, urgh, aangh... twitch... spasm

    "Microsoft solutio

  • by poopie ( 35416 ) on Wednesday March 22, 2006 @11:57PM (#14978266) Journal
    When I waste money registering misspelled domain names and register tons of word combinations while speculating on new product names, I need somewhere that can handle the strenuous demands of parking my domains.

    I'm not stupid - I wouldn't trust the job of handling web redirects to any of that old legacy stuff like UNIX. That stuff was old back when I was using Windows 3.1... and Windows has gotten a lot better since then. When people try to access my domainnames, I expect the performance of Geniune Windows.

    I know that sometimes domain names need to be rebooted too, like when critical updates get applied, but that's okay. I wouldn't want my domain names parked on an unpatched, so-called "highly available" server.

    No sir, it's genuine-windows-advantage-plays-for-sure for me and my domain collection.
  • by bogaboga ( 793279 ) on Thursday March 23, 2006 @12:00AM (#14978289)
    I beg the Linux zealots not to do their thing right away. GoDaddy will come back sooner or later. Nothing can hide a fact, nothing! We've seen this before. They will come back. May be this is part of the incompetence I have seen in US companies lately. I hope I am wrong.
  • by drasfr ( 219085 ) <revedemoi&gmail,com> on Thursday March 23, 2006 @12:13AM (#14978355)
    That is my assumption... I used to work for Register.com and we were having a HUGE number of parked domains and redirected domains served by Linux. Basically Microsoft approached us and offered us a pile of cash AND some of their engineers to help so we migrate the servers serving this (futurestep it was called if i remember right) to Windows and that they can use that as advertisement AND that netcraft would show a significant change in the number of sites hosted by Windows.... Let's say that it was very hard to refuse this...

    So yeah... I would assume the same. How much money/services did they got from Microsoft?
    • I wonder why it is not possible to have both Linux and Microsoft hosting to suit different customers.

      Since Microsoft is paying for netcraft stats on those dead/parked domain names, GoDaddy could put everything to IIS by default, and those who choose to stay with Linux may do so.

      This would have created a win-win-win situation for customers, GoDaddy and Microsoft.
    • by The Famous Brett Wat ( 12688 ) on Thursday March 23, 2006 @01:20AM (#14978609) Homepage Journal

      It's a fair assumption. Microsoft have been playing this game for quite a long time now. Look, for example, at Netcraft's April 2002 survey [netcraft.com]. This is about as close as Microsoft ever got to Apache in market share. Consider the following quotation from that page.

      Some of the big moves are because Microsoft has been able to identify people who control very large numbers of sites, are not bound tightly to a particular technology, and persuade them to switch to Microsoft servers. The leading domain registrars, Verisign and register.com, are prime examples of this.

      "Per$uade", or "purse-swayed", I'm sure.

      Attempts to purchase survey results like this seem a little desparate to me, given the long term trend. Still, you can get an idea of the effect Microsoft is purchasing by looking at the January 2006 survey [netcraft.com], where Apache lost nearly a million sites worth of share to the "other" category thanks to a bit of tweaking by GoDaddy. See that page for more detail.

    • Basically Microsoft approached us and offered us a pile of cash

      How pathetic is it to buy customers?

  • So what (Score:4, Insightful)

    by icepick72 ( 834363 ) on Thursday March 23, 2006 @12:21AM (#14978391)
    Oh c'mon, Go Daddy is not suddenly the bad guy because they chose a different technology platform. They didn't choose it to make Linux advocates resentful or to make Microsoft partners happy. It was a business decision. They think it will help them for their specific need. If Mac OSX would have been more helpful to their business they would have chosen it instead, or Atari OS or whatever. So what if they had problems with non-Microsoft browsers in the past or not; the author tries to draw a correlation but it's irrelevant. The author is just acting stupid I'm afraid to say. I mean, the issue is very interesting in and of itself, but I want to see mature discussion. Let's not put Go Daddy down because we prefer apples over oranges. I would rather see mature discussion about the switch. Indeed the good posts are already coming in ...
    • You're right. Godaddy is not suddenly the bad guy.

      They've been the bad guy for ages [google.com].

      I would sooner have my fingernails pulled out with a rusty pair of pliers than EVER do business with Godaddy.
  • How to counter this (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Omega Blue ( 220968 )
    When you boss points out this time you can say, "Google uses Linux, not Windows."

    I don't think 10,000 outfits such as GoDaddy are going to have a pull anywhere near Google collectively.
  • by javacowboy ( 222023 ) on Thursday March 23, 2006 @12:28AM (#14978415)
    ... Who's your daddy now?
  • Or they'll lose LOTS of business. They did default my site to MS, but I called and asked them to switch it to linux as I use php forums, and php gallery, etc.

  • by st1d ( 218383 ) on Thursday March 23, 2006 @12:29AM (#14978423) Homepage
    "Microsoft, the preferred platform for content-free websites"

    "Microsoft, recommended by 9 out of 10 get-rich quick customers"

    Seems kind of appropriate that MS is out to capture the scammer segment of the market, doesn't it? (Apologies to folks who park sites to protect themselves from scam artists.)
  • This makes perfect sense for anyone who's had experience with both Godaddy and Microsoft products. This is good news for those of us who want more stability and performance in our offerings. It's even easier to steer clear of these monstrosities. Now let's see if we can get Hyundai and Network Solutions to team up.
  • by pebs ( 654334 )
    GoDaddy can GoFuckThemSelves.

    Ok so I've already said that [slashdot.org] in the last Slashdot story [slashdot.org] about GoDaddy. But really, I didn't have any interest in doing business with GoDaddy before (though do buy domain names occasionally), and if they are stupid enough to choose Microsoft products for their servers, well I don't I'll ever have interest in doing business with them.
  • Linux went crazy (Score:3, Informative)

    by Neo-Rio-101 ( 700494 ) on Thursday March 23, 2006 @12:50AM (#14978494)
    No seriously, I think the CEO saw the output of Linux compiling a program with gcc and screamed "LINUX IS BROKEN AND GOING CRAZY!" which made him switch to the "security" of Windows.

    Now I bet that's what REALLY happened! ;P
  • by WoodstockJeff ( 568111 ) on Thursday March 23, 2006 @01:28AM (#14978636) Homepage
    they'll provide 'a technology platform that is security-enhanced, highly scalable and easy to manage.'

    If you want to run anything on Godaddy's servers that accesses files in PHP (which includes things like include and require in directories other than the current one), you have to ask to be put on a Linux server. This is because the only way Godaddy has found to keep Windows "secure" is to disable features... It's one of the reasons they recently stopped supporting "one button install" for PHPBB; it wouldn't work if it was on a Windows box, due to safe mode restrictions.

    Fortunately, that isn't a problem with parked domains!

  • by TekPolitik ( 147802 ) on Thursday March 23, 2006 @02:25AM (#14978813) Journal
    I originally chose Godaddy because it had user-friendly and net-friendly policies. One of the biggest things for me was that they only used your email address for transactional mail - in fact they used to make a point of this, while Verislime would send you promotional crap about every unrelated product under the sun.

    Well, they're good guys no more. Today they have broken this long standing promise and sent their "Newsletter" to every single customer. The contents: Promotional crap for a bunch of services I don't give a rat's arse about.

  • by WoTG ( 610710 ) on Thursday March 23, 2006 @02:59AM (#14978885) Homepage Journal
    Some of the Netcraft numbers are based on the number of domains hosted by a platform or web server. By paying off GoDaddy.com for parked domains they will get a large boost in Netcraft numbers for IIS and Windows Server. Sure the domains don't reflect 'productive' websites; but they still count. Not a bad plan.

    From GoDaddy's point of view, it's a no brainer. Who doesn't want money? Besides, there isn't even any evil involved in this one.
  • Bad Advertising (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Jah-Wren Ryel ( 80510 ) on Thursday March 23, 2006 @04:24AM (#14979042)
    With MS essentially bribing GoDaddy to make the rather trivial move for their parked domains, you have to wonder just what MS's PR people were thinking.

    Will their new slogan be, "Microsoft - where do you want to park today?"
  • Good move. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by A beautiful mind ( 821714 ) on Thursday March 23, 2006 @04:29AM (#14979056)
    I just dumped GoDaddy for my local linux based small-shop registrar.
  • by DrXym ( 126579 ) on Thursday March 23, 2006 @05:10AM (#14979131)
    I've never met such an irritating, insidious service as GoDaddy. On the surface it sounds great - cheap domain names, cheap hosting, cheap this and that. But as soon as you sign up you discover you've just bought a crippled service and you're going to be nickel and dimed to death to improve it. Advanced functionality is disabled, "value add" software is beta or plain out of date, the user interface is pretty crap, there's no shell and you're constantly spammed by GoDaddy both by email and through ads on the gateways you pass through to work your accounts & email.

    In their favour, the hosting more or less works as intended, but in my experience the hosting software is pretty awful. As soon as my hosting is up I'm off to somewhere else.

  • I don't get it. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Southpaw018 ( 793465 ) * on Thursday March 23, 2006 @07:31AM (#14979445) Journal
    Okay...essentially, the core change is that GoDaddy is moving their parked sites from BIND to MS DNS. Curiously, most of the argument here focuses elsewhere (LAMP, IIS, LAMP's components vs alternatives).

    I use MS DNS 2003. It's nice. It's easy to use. I enjoy having a GUI built in and supported by the developer in addition to having the power of command line editing. The only thing I wish I could change is that it uses a sequential zone serial number instead of a dated one (ie, instead of 2006032301, 2006032302, 2006032303, it uses a raw format - 1, 2, 3...)

    I really don't see what the big deal is...
  • In the old days (Score:4, Insightful)

    by HangingChad ( 677530 ) on Thursday March 23, 2006 @09:51AM (#14979876) Homepage
    Back in my day, the ancient days of IT...three or four years in the dark past, it was big news when a company switched to Linux. These days it's a headline when a company switches to MSFT.

They are called computers simply because computation is the only significant job that has so far been given to them.