My patience has finally run out with the most hailed, highly professional freeware web server environment package I’ve been using for ages. In lieu with my one year length work at home as webmaster (one many hats I wear), I’ve been suffering the dreaded “blue screen of death” (BSOD) randomly since I first used VertrigoServ on Windows Vista Home Premium. In fact, the BSOD I experienced from using VertrigoServ is the first I’ve ever seen on Windows Vista. And guess what it’s not fun.
Why I Love VertrigoServ Ever Since
As a webmaster, web developer and web designer, it is easy to fall in love with VertrigoServ web server environment in the first place. It is very lightweight, professional and easy to use with up-to-date components. As of this writing, I am using the latest version, VertrigoServ 2.21. It comprises fully-functional, up-to-date components that include:
- Apache 2.0.63
- PHP 5.2.6
- MySQL 5.0.51b
- SQLite 3.5.9
- Smarty 2.6.19
- PhpMyAdmin 2.11.7
- ZendOptimizer 3.3.3 and
- SQLiteManager 1.2.0
And Why I Am Starting To Dislike It
I’ve been using VertrigoServ for more than a year and been happy with it when I was still working on my old personal computer running Windows XP Professional operating system. VertrigoServ’s web server environment is very stable and fast, outperforming Apache2Triad that I’ve known since my university days. VertrigoServ web server package features an easy to use, minimalistic user interface perfect for both beginners and advanced users. Now enough with good things, when I moved to Windows Vista Home Premium, VertrigoServ started to crash randomly showing the worst, disappointing and most dreaded Microsoft operating system screen — the “blue screen of death” or BSOD. And it is a puzzling problem since sometimes VertrigoServ loads successfully and sometimes not.
I just hope that this blog post will reach the developers behind VertrigoServ and will work to make their product more friendly and compatible with Windows Vista. Lots of avid users like me are using it and waiting for the beloved fix. I hope they would act soon before I decide to uninstall it due to annoyance. For now, I will stretch my patience.