Subject Re: [firebird-php] Firebird/PHP/Linux Question
Author Yves Glodt
Myles Wakeham wrote:
> I'm in the process of evaluating platforms for deploying a large scale PHP4
> application with FB 1.5, and I'm tempted to install this on Linux rather
> than Windows. This is a colocated solution that I believe would be easier
> to manage on Linux.
> With that said, I'm no Linux expert. I have installed and managed UNIX
> systems before, and have a small Linux system installed at my home. But
> this will be on a commercial grade server that I have to build and ship to
> my colocation facility for production deployment. I know that I won't
> really see much of a difference with PHP applications, and my main
> development environment for this is Zend and Dreamweaver. So I'll do all my
> development as normal on Windows, and simply ship up the files to the Linux
> server.
> But what I'm looking for are some tips as to where the best Linux discussion
> groups are for Linux server security, management, maintenance, etc. Also
> any tips for FB on Linux (although I have installed that before without any
> major issues), and what the best distros would be for PHP & FB on Linux.
> I'm leaning towards Fedora Core 5, but I'm not sure if this application
> would benefit from RedHat Enterprise or not.

Hi Myles,

speaking of distributions I would recommend debian sarge, for the simple
reason that it comes with all you need out-of-the-box. It has apache
2.0.54, php 4.3.10, and firebird 1.5.1.

These versions might sound a little outdated, and I agree... So
depending of when your server will have to be ready, you could even head
for the upcoming (release june 6) ubuntu dapper, or even the upcoming
(no date known) debian etch.

Fedora, as most other distributions, suffers from not shipping firebird
and nor php-interbase extension, that's why I would discourage using it
in this special case, except if you want to live with the charge of
compiling at least the php extension by yourself. this pf course is not
a big problem, but be aware that each security update for php will need
you to recompile the extension.

As for FB on Linux, I have seen no distro shipping amd64 builds so far.
I would try to get an good SMP machine, and opt for a 32 bit
installation of the OS, and use firebird-classic.

Best regards,

> Anyone care to suggest some good reference sites, books, etc. so that I can
> research this deployment?
> Thanks in advance.
> Myles
> ============================
> Myles Wakeham
> Director of Engineering
> Tech Solutions US, Inc.
> Scottsdale, Arizona USA
> Phone (480) 451-7440

Meilleures salutations
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Mat frendlechen Gréiss
Best regards

<> Yves Glodt
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