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Do people understand Server2Go?

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Some time ago I wrote an article about Server2Go’s release 1.8.0. The article had little success, compared to the high number of hits other articles I write usually get. When the fix version 1.8.1 was released I really doubted to spend some time writing about it; after all, you write not only to give your thought some form, but also to appeal your readers.

Anyway I’m sitting here, still writing about it. I think, the major problem with this wonderful product is that it is simply too good. It is such a powerful tool, that only few understand, how valuable it is to have a complete web application on a local server, even on your pendrive. The average user hasn’t understood the power of portable apps yet. Until they get to that level of understanding, a portable webserver is still rocket science. Sites like PortableApps.com need to make a lot of effort to show the importance of a pluggable application that does not require any installation at all. The same goes for CD/DVD distributions of dynamically-generated information, PHP+ MySQL web applications, etc. It is still rocket science for the average Windows user.

Some facts about the new version:

  • Version 1.8.1 has been released on 30.05.2010. You can download it here, in 6 different flavors, either as a ZIP or an EXE file.
  • Fixed bug with APC
  • Fixed bug with SQLite
  • Fixed bug with Shutdown-Exe-File-Starter
  • Some smaller Win7 improvements
  • If you find a bug, please report it here. This Bitbucket repository (Server2Go) is private, but has an open issue tracker.

If you still don’t understand how powerful is to have a webserver in your hands, just think about being able to install any of the 20,000 different PHP applications and scripts you can find for free in Hotscripts.com and taking them everywhere, running them on any computer; yes, even on a cheap Windows netbook…

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