Lotteries Commission using open source software

By tonyhughes Hughes, in , posted: 29-Jan-2009 09:20

I noticed today that emails from the online lottery site, run by the New Zealand Lotteries Commission is using PHP List  as its mailing list software.

I wonder what other open source software they might be using.

Whether you support, oppose or are sitting on the fence about online gambling, this shows the true power of open source projects - anyone can use them for any reason, with near total freedom.

Of course this freedom can have unintended consequences - perhaps the authors of the software are also massive anti-gambling campaigners (I dont know, I have checked), but still, with the definition of Open Source that these guys are using, they do not restrict where and by whom the software may be used.

I'd say a lot of money has gone into development of MyLotto, and it would be really interesting to know the reasons behind their various choices of open source and proprietary software.

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Comment by Steven "Ragnor" Quick, on 29-Jan-2009 15:14

My lotto is really just a straight forward online store as far as I can see. Features like: register, login, pay/buy/play, email notifications... have been pretty standard for many sites for years.  It even looks like they just took an open source cms and customized it.

The obvious benefit of open source software is that they save on fixed costs such as licensing windows server and sql server. Also not having to have a ActionPack, MSDN, TechNet or software assurance subscription for the developers.

Of course they face potential risk of higher support costs if they run into problems. Perhaps lower development productivity compared to say the M$ .NET platform (though ruby on rails has changed this a bit in recent times).

Interestingly if you inspect the http headers you can see it's powered by:

X-Powered-By Servlet 2.4; JBoss-4.2.1.GA (build: SVNTag=JBoss_4_2_1_GA date=200707131605)/Tomcat-5.5

Comment by Ragnor, on 29-Jan-2009 15:23

Forgot to mention based on the X-Powered-By it looks like they are using JSP (Java Sever Pages) and based on the wsp and wcm in the urls on the site it looks like they are possibly using IBM Websphere for the site.

Seems strange they would use php list in this case.

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