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This is very obvious when you run them on windows then switch to the actual platform the tools are developed on.
Apache windows is a hack. Let me rephrase it then: I would never dream of running a production web server on Windows if I wanted to use PHP, PERL, MySQL, PostGRE, Apache, etc. And I'd never run these on anything but Apache even though you can do it. Well, I'd never dream of running a production server on IIS / Windows anyway, but if I am going to use IIS, it's for one and only one reason: I need to use .net or .asp. That's the only reason I can think of to use that platform.
And since you'd have to pay me at least $200 an hour to deal with Microsoft web stuff I'd say it's a safe bet that I'll never work in that area again, LOL...
The host also offers an MS version of MYsql as well the the 'original'.
I'm not a programmer, nor script writer so my natural instinct is to go with the one that offer the least trouble and maximum help when things go wrong.
I'm playing with Joomla at the moment so the whole environment is a completely new learning curve and I would like to put it onto one and hopfully forget about the server rather than getting error warnings.
With the greatest respect to experts and techies, it is all very clear and straight forward to them. I often talk to my clients about HTML and completely lose them unintentionally.. I know how they feel whilst I read about your opinions in the world of Apache, Linus and IIS!
I know they're built for Linux, and yes I can see why you'd think they'd run better. But unless you're going to run cluster servers I dont see why you can't run a production server with IIS+MySQL+PHP on a windows server.