[rescue] New acquisition... (AIX)

Shawn Wallbridge shawn at synack-hosting.com
Fri Apr 2 00:13:21 CST 2004

Or you could show them the benchmarks. On the same hardware, FreeBSD 
outperformed Windows by 40% and Linux by 15%, in our environment. My 
Boss had never heard of FreeBSD (hell, he sometimes tells people we are 
running OpenBSD (which we are, but not on the fileservers)), but I 
recommended FreeBSD over Linux and Windows based on performance and he 
said OK. I have spent a lot of time pointing out that using whatever is 
best for the job, be it hardware or operating systems is the best 
course of action period. For our PC file servers, that means FreeBSD. 
Now, from the numbers I have seen, next time we are looking at building 
another file server, I am going to get an Apple Xserve and XRaid in to 
test, they appear to be all kinds of fast.


On 1-Apr-04, at 12:50 PM, Phil Stracchino wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 01, 2004 at 02:41:30PM -0600, Jonathan C. Patschke wrote:
>> Personally, I'd love to see Linux gone.  I've happily cleaned it out 
>> of
>> the last three computer rooms I've worked in and replaced it with 
>> stuff
>> that's a lot better-suited for the job, much to the pleasure of those 
>> in
>> charge.  Having an OS that groks simple things like "dump" is a 
>> wonderful
>> thing.
> For all its faults, Linux is way better than Windows.  And unlike, say,
> Solaris or IRIX or any of the BSDs, Linux is hurting Windows and 
> scaring
> Microsoft (hence all the FUD, Microsoft's arm up SCO's ass, etc, etc.)
> It has enough visibility that you can tell the VP of Operations, "Look,
> we can reduce our TCO and improve our security and reliability by
> replacing Windows NT with Linux on our servers, there's 59,741 known
> worms and virii that infect Windows as of 2pm today and two that infect
> Linux," and he'll recognize the name, nod as if he knows what you're
> talking about and go for it.  If you say the same thing with FreeBSD,
> he'll look inscrutable while he wonders "What the fuck is Freebie
> Estey?" then shake his head and proceed to vomit forth buzzwords that
> translate to, "You want me to put my ass on the line by taking a chance
> on something I've never heard of and don't understand?  Forget it."
> OK, fine, so maybe it's not the One OS To Rule Them All And Into *nix
> BIND them.  But that doesn't mean it doesn't have very real value, even
> if all you're using it as is the thin end of the wedge.
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