Forum OpenACS Q&A: Response to nsjava staus
Thanks for bringing that up. Petru was talking about implementing a fastcgi server interface in AOLServer. This would require absolutely no rewriting of AOLServer, but would still place a heavy reliance on dedicated folks like Jamie (who's porting AOLServer 4.x to Win32) to keep it truly portable.
I'm talking about rewriting openacs to separate the web listener/server pieces from the rest of the code base. In other words, implement openacs in a pure TCL version, on top of the existing TCL/FastCGI server implementation.
(see http://www.nyx.net/~tpoindex/tcl.html#Fcgi )
This means extreme portability-- the ability to run anywhere using one of several native FastCGI implementations, or worst case, using a CGI->FastCGI bridge if necessary.
It's radical, but I think given Michael's work referenced above, potentially realistic.