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From what I recall, it was was Jeff Atwood knew best when he started it.

It is a good example of all those stories of not being able to change technology after you become popular. It seems that they are accepting Linux where it fits best at least.

Doesn't Spolsky's company live in the MS world, as well? (More significant that Atwood's familiarity, I'd guess.)

Sort of. http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2006/09/has-joel-spolsky-ju...

This suggests they're Windows native, but using custom tech to provide non-Windows compatibility.

It seems odd, too, that they would use both CentOS and Ubuntu. Why not run Redis on Ubuntu?

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