LinuxPlanet: NuSphere MySQL: Free Beer in a Tall Glass
"A number of companies have taken on the task of automating the task of building and managing Linux web servers, among them NuSphere Corporation with their "NuSphere MySQL" product. NuSphere claims the installation process works on Windows 95/98/NT4/2000, Solaris 2.6 and 2.7, and Red Hat Linux 6.2 and 7.0. It turns out that it also works on Caldera eDesktop 2.4, though with a few caveats as you will see later. To make a long story short, NuSphere is an extremely easy way to build a fairly comprehensive Apache server with all the bells and whistles." The question with NuSphere MySQL isn't whether the proven LAMP suite of tools is any good. Most open source enthusiasts accept that it is. The question is whether the free beer NuSphere presents in a tall glass with their product is worth the price of admission if you're already happy putting together a database-driven site on your own. Scott Courtney takes a look at the retail release of an open source favorite.
"Up until now, I had always built Apache, MySQL, and PHP from source tarballs. This isn't too difficult except that there are some odd interactions between Apache and PHP (you have to ./configure Apache, then build PHP through, then build Apache). With NuSphere there are four ways to install, and three of them don't involve building from source. You can run NuSphere's installation program locally, you can run it remotely using a web browser, or you can install the components manually from the provided RPMs. Last, but not least, you get the source tarballs on the CDROM and so you can install that way."
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