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Bob Toxen bob at verysecurelinux.com
Tue Feb 24 21:17:54 EST 2004

On Tue, Feb 24, 2004 at 08:46:37PM -0500, John Wells wrote:
> On Tue, 24 Feb 2004 20:06:24 -0500
> Bob Toxen <bob at verysecurelinux.com> wrote:
> > Why?

> > For 99% of applications BSD has no advantages over Linux.

> So, out of curiosity and for the sake of discussion, what exactly
> comprises that 1%?

  1. The boss says it's gotta be BSD.

  2. Most/all of the other systems are BSD and so "that non-standard
     Linux system" becomes a liability.

  3. The person doing the firewall rules is more experienced with the
     BSD firewall software than the Linux firewall software.

  4. Extremely high performance is required.  The last I checked
     BSD has higher network performance.  Unless one needs sustained
     gigabit speeds this does not matter.  This may not be true
     as of the 2.6 Linux kernel.  This assumes that the SysAdmin
     understands performance so well that he won't introduce

     I have tuned existing rule sets and obtained 10-30 fold
     (3000%) improvement in performance.  This rarely is needed.

  5. Extremely high security is required.  There's been some Linux kernel
     security problems in the past few months.  This assumes that the
     person configuring the system is such an expert that the minor
     security differences between Linux and Unix are more likely to be
     a problem than a configuration error on the part of the SysAdmin.

I don't think that these reasons are valid for the other 99% of the time.
Computers are cheap.  People's time is expensive.

> Thanks,
> John

You're welcome.

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