AutoZone Runs Much of Operations on Solaris

AutoZone, the Linux user targeted by The SCO Group, runs much of its web infrastructure on Solaris, with just one of its 10 web-visible servers using Linux.

Of AutoZone's web-visible servers, the only machine running Linux is, apparently the front end of an intranet connecting its retail stores that includes more than 3,000 Linux machines, according to a 1999 agreement with Red Hat in which the Linux vendor was to provide consulting and support services.

Autozone's public web site runs on Solaris, as do its training and store development extranets. AutoZone's All Data and All Data DIY sites are also hosted on Solaris. The company also runs an internal site on Windows 2000.

Autozone OS History

AutoZone's dealings with IBM were discussed in a legal filings in SCO's lawsuit against IBM, which were published on Groklaw. The post includes comments from a user identifying himself as an AutoZone technical employee, who said he was involved in its Linux installation and rebutted SCO's claims.

AutoZone is a Memphis-based auto parts chain with more than $4.5 billion in annual sales. It sells auto and light truck parts and accessories through 3,000 retail stores in the U.S> and Mexico, as well as automotive diagnostic and repair software through its network of web sites.

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Number of sites running Windows Server 2003 overtakes NT

The number of hostnames found by the Web Server Survey running Windows Server 2003 overtook NT4 this month. We now find over 1.25M hostnames running on Windows 2003, a 283% increase since August.


Comparing the operating systems with those of September 03 shows the majority of the sites to have migrated from Windows 2000 (534K), but also 55K of the sites to have migrated from Linux, 56K from FreeBSD and 8K from Solaris, with 272K of the hostnames running Win2003 new sites not previously running a different operating system.

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Debian Fastest Growing Linux Distribution

Over the last six months Debian has been the fastest growing Linux distribution when measured by counting active sites which contain the name of a Linux distribution in the Apache Server header. In percentage terms Debian is closely followed by SuSE and Gentoo. RedHat has a far greater number of sites but a slower growth rate, and actually fell this month, after making widely publicized and controversial changes to its licencing and security update policy. A distribution name is present in a little over a quarter of Linux based Apache sites.

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Interview: 1&1 Internet CEO Andreas Gauger

1&1 Internet AG is the world's largest hosting company, with 3.5 million hostnames and 1.7 million active sites. On Jan. 22nd, 1&1 will officially launch its US hosting unit, having attracted tens of thousands of users with a pre-launch promotion offering three years of free hosting. 1&1 CEO Andreas Gauger recently shared his thinking on the company's US market entry and the state of the hosting industry. Gauger founded Schlund in 1995, which was bought by 1&1 in 1998. Continue reading

Sun Discontinuing Cobalt Linux Servers

Sun Microsystems is phasing out Cobalt, the line of Linux-based hosting appliances it purchased for $2 billion at the height of the Internet boom. Sun has set an end-of-life date of Feb. 19 for its last remaining Cobalt product, the RaQ 550 server, but will continue to provide support and security updates for three years. The decision to discontinue Cobalt, announced Sept. 1, presents a challenge for numerous hosting companies that filled their racks with the distinctive blue server appliances.

The number of sites on Cobalt has declined since August 2002, when it reached its peak of 3.1 million hostnames and 942K active sites. Our November hosting survey found Linux-Cobalt serving 871K hostnames and 527K active sites.

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