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Old 06-20-2004, 04:35 PM   #31
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all u need to know is where to fit that OS.(service and the hardware)
for example Openbsd is best as a firewall in mine opinion.Pf rocks.
FreeBSD is best for SQUID.
Solaris,FreeBSD,OpenBSD are good as webservers.
again Solaris,FreeBSD for DNS,MAIL,FTP.

Linux good for Desktop. Because Linux is not a complete Distribution u cant upgrade a running Linux Server, still people are running redhat linux 6x on their servers.

the only impressive Linux Server Distribution is Redhat Linux Advance Server.

Still all servers are owned by redhat linux, though slackware is best for learning but any production environment cant bear it.
Old 06-20-2004, 04:54 PM   #32
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Ahh, I see someone bumped this thread.

Well first off, not all OpenBSD users are expected to be programmers, but it is expected that if you have a complaint or a problem that you really do know what you're talking about (which often means understanding at least some code).

The funny thing is, OpenBSD is one of the easiest OSs out there to use, it just has a very daunting reputation because of the user community. The truth is that the only tough part about OpenBSD is partitioning disks. After that, it's all a piece of cake. Unknowledgeable people often regard OpenBSD users as "elite" because it's "such a difficult OS", but in reality many people love OpenBSD because of how simple it is.

By the way, regarding RH AS being and "impressive" distribution, I would beg to differ. I'm very unimpressed by all of the Red Hat distributions (WS/ES/AS). It's only because they were one of the first companies to go public and make a lot of money during the dotcom boom that they're in the position they are today. Since they had enough cash when the bubble burst, they stayed in business as one of a small handful of commercial distributions that offered support.

Today, companies buy Red Hat because a) it has tech support b) it runs on IBM hardware (which means they can standardizes servers to a single OS) c) that's the Linux that everyone else bought. The only real advantage that Red Hat has is that they've worked closely with IBM and AS runs on a number of proprietary systems that most other OSs do not.


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