[rescue] Oh no! This poor Origin server.....

Peter Corlett abuse at cabal.org.uk
Fri Apr 2 09:10:59 CST 2004

N. Miller <vraptor at promessage.com> wrote:
> At new $job, one of our subcontractors tried to go through the side-
> channel to attempt to convince our clients that the 3 year old Suns are "a
> hardware disaster waiting to happen". The Linux fanboys are trying to get
> them to switch to x86 hardware.


Now I love Linux (actually it's Debian I love and that implies Linux) and
every one of my machines that is capable of running Debian has it installed
(if not necessarily as its full-time OS), but I've got no love for x86 kit
and I admire anybody who's got the patience to beat Solaris into submission
and isn't scared to put it anywhere near the Internet.

> Like it matters since the application runs in a clustered environment
> where losing a server is NBD, and we have a full service contract anyway.
> And, sure, we want to paint the red target on our backs by switching to
> Linux when our security geek is only contracted for 20 hours a week.

I <heart> apt and security.debian.org.

> What the hell is it with people thinking 3 y-o gear is scrap?

I'm somewhat reminded that my *newest* computer celebrates its third
birthday on Monday. I've been using it pretty much solidly for the three
years, and I still think that a 1.2GHz CPU and 512MB of RAM is wasteful
exuberance for a Unix box.

(And no, it's not a coincidence that it was bought on April 5th. I'm eagerly
awaiting for April 6th this year so I can ask Gordon Brown for a fat

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