HSD site switches to Linux

HSD site switches to Linux

The Homeland Security Department last weekend switched its Web site over to Oracle software running under Linux, according to Web consulting company Netcraft.

Netcraft, based in Bath, England, offers a service called What's That Site Running? that tracks assigned names and numbers for Web sites. The service provides details on the software that operates Web sites and statistics on the operations of some sites.

According to Netcraft, the department's site, at www.dhs.gov, began operating with JRun Web Server under Windows 2000 on July 11. The Office of Personnel Management hosted the site. JRun is a product of Macromedia Inc. of San Francisco.

After some changes earlier this month, the site resumed running JRun Web Server under Windows 2000 on Jan. 18.

On Jan. 24 and 25, www.dhs.gov switched to Oracle HTTP Server running under Linux, according to Netcraft. The site is hosted by Energis Squared Managed Web Server Network of Leeds, England.

The HSD Web makeover coincided with this weekend's outbreak of an SQL worm worldwide, which affected Microsoft systems that have not been properly patched. Department officials were not available for comment on the motives for the change.

In Netcraft's routine sampling of the uptime of the dhs.gov server, it reported that the maximum period between reboots under Windows 2000 was 34.3 days and the most recent period was 3.26 days.

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