I was ready to choose a linux/apache host to develop a site in php when i knew that an important part of the website had been made by a society in ASP for NT (with MS databases). But i realy want to develop the site in PHP ! I really try to find a solution to get all the pages (php and asp) on the same site, and if possible, without having 2 different hosting solutions (because of the cost).
If you look at Netcraft’s analysis of ‘active’ sites, you’ll see an awful lot of people do. I use NT for showcaster – but that’s mainly due to Hardware drivers for my CT hardware not being available on linux, and the PPT installed. This afternoons meeting looks like a perl/mysql/linux soln – although why anyone would be that interested in what’s going with their gas machine to monitor it via the web I have no idea. (although I understand they have some preconcieved ideas of MS SQLServer.)
At least the linux things that open word can do it more quickly than Office itself these days. And you don’t get a stupid paperclip trying to boss you around. I have staroffice, and though not quite so annoying as ms office, it’s certainly both slow and heavy. Indeed, the overall control is so like ms that a friend whose office job requires use of ms office can look over my shoulder and say “you need that menu, then ..” when I’m trying to do something slightly interesting, like generate a pretty chart from a bunch of numbers.