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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] Windows, Apache and an ASP Module
Date Wed, 22 Jun 2005 07:05:00 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Arthur Guy []
> Sent: Dienstag, 21. Juni 2005 16:42
> To:
> Subject: RE: [users@httpd] Windows, Apache and an ASP Module
> Thanks for the reply's, I am trying to run ASP not ASP.NET. The only
> suitable package I found was SUN ASP which as you said was 
> $500, the whole
> idea of moving to Apache was that things would be free.

Well, yes and no. Everything is free that's under GPL but you have a legacy codebase which
is written in a proprietary language. So you can't expect anything that handles that to be
free (the fact that there *are* some GPL solutions is amazing!). Unfortunately, you find yourself
in the trap set by commercial software vendors - by choosing (or inheriting) their proprietary
code you've become locked in to using their products to interpret it. The only way to break
out is to do what Mark McCulligh did and port the code to some open-source alternative (PHP,
perl-ASP, perl-CGI, JSP etc.)

> I guess I will have to stick to IIS or as Owen Boyle suggested forward
> requests from apache to IIS.

It depends on what your motivation is for migrating. If it's because you want want to take
advantage of apache's stabilty and robustness, then using apache as a frontend and proxying
any ASP requests to an internal IIS server probably a good solution. The IIS server will be
behind the apache server and so will never see the direct requests from the internet and so
will be insulated from all those IIS exploits. It also won't have to spend time delivering
GIFs and static content and will be able to concentrate just on the ASPs.

Owen Boyle
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> Thanks
> Arthur
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark McCulligh [] 
> Sent: 21 June 2005 14:33
> To:
> Subject: Re: [users@httpd] Windows, Apache and an ASP Module
> The problem with ASP on Apache is that are you talking ASP or ASP.NET?
> The best ASP on Apache is Sun ASP (aka Chilisoft) It will 
> cost $500US. 
> But it works well, I used it for about 2 years when I made 
> the changes 
> from Windows(IIS) to Linux(Apache).   I don't use it now as I slowly 
> converted everything to PHP, But I had no problem when I was using it.
> The problem is that most people are finally upgrading from ASP to 
> ASP.NET while Sun ASP cannot run. ASP.NET has been out I 
> think 5 years 
> now. If you are looking to run .NET on Linux then look at the Mono 
> Project. The project has taken the .NET Framework and ported 
> it over. I 
> don't know if the Mono Project will let you host ASP.NET websites on 
> Linux. (I would think so).  But for your question, I don't 
> know if you 
> can install the Mono Project on Windows to be able to run ASP.NET on 
> Apache. Or maybe install the Microsoft Framwork and link Apache to it 
> through something. My Mono Prject experience is doing some C# 
> internal 
> applcations, not ASP.NET.
> In short, ASP can be done easily with Sun ASP (But cost $500) ASP.NET 
> through Apache on Windows I don't know.
> Mark.
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