> My whole point is that most people also find running *Linux* too much of a hassle to bother.
Fixed that for you. Granted, not everyone running Linux is a hardcore geek. But LWN is about as hardcore as you're going to get this side of Dwarf Fortress.
The usual reviews require you to compile your own version from an experimental branch. So running a PHP app is so easy it feels like cheating. At least Ruby on Rails forces you to choose from 6 different runtimes and 8 different web containers.
> [It is] about being _willing_ to spend time doing this
First, installing a LAMP stack is a non-issue for me (and I suspect many LWN readers), since I already had it installed for other reasons.
Second everyone's values are different. I'm perfectly happy to spend 20 minutes setting up an RSS reader in exchange for various things (like not having my eyeballs sold, not having it suddenly turn into a social network, customization, speed, etc).