Op Wed, 8 Aug 2007, schreef 'Jesus' Jeff Rogers:

> Daniël Mantione wrote:
> > Ok, practical example:
> > 
> > We have a server, two users want to run OpenACS, and 20 users simply
> > wants to code PHP/MySQL. Proposal to the system administrator: Put pound
> > on Port 80 and have requests for the two OpenACS users redirected to
> > their own AOLserver process.
> > 
> > Now, everyone on the server will see all requests coming from localhost.
> > Big chance is the PHP/MySQL users won't like that and put the argument
> > "just use what everyone else uses" in place against the OpenACS users.
> Lots of proxies support adding in additional http headers to indicate that it
> is a proxied request.  In certain environments (firewalled corporate paranoia)
> you can't avoid everything being proxied and must deal with this.  And more to
> the point, there are simple ways (about 4 lines of code in a PerlFixupHandler)
> to recover the proxied connection address from such an added-in header if
> people are really upset about it.

Again, a practical situation: How many PHP packages support such headers? 
(Even OpenACS doesn't support them, so you would have to fix OpenACS too.) 
Can you (socially) convince those users to rewrite the PHP apps for you to 
use your OpenACS?

Technically it ain't a problem (and there a lot of smart users on this 
list who know how to solve technical problems). But, I'm convinced that if 
want to understand why AOLserver is less popular you do not need to search 
on the technical defficiencies, not in the marketing either (how many 
open source projects do marketing), but in the interaction between the 
the technical behaviour of the program and the social/political 


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