With the trending news that nginx has been acquired by F5 (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19362326) it sparked the natural discussion of nginx alternatives despite F5 committing to the continued open source project development.
That got me wondering what it would take to utilize Cowboy standalone as a replacement for nginx for people who aren’t using Erlang/Elixir? Are there guides out there for it? Would it be viable?
If so it seems like this would be a very good opportunity to position Cowboy as an alternative, which would realistically generate more investment and development in the project…and as a likely byproduct create more interest in the BEAM ecosystem as a whole to a wider audience.
If Cowboy is a viable replacement, this would seem to be a rare “preparation meets opportunity” moment.