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From: Benjamin Krueger (benjaminmacguire.net)
Date: Thu Apr 18 2002 - 20:08:46 CDT
* Nate Williams (nateyogotech.com) [020418 18:03]:
> > FreeBSD currently does not enable easy maintainance between critical release
> > points for large server environments. Using cvsup to maintain source builds
> > for environments like these ( say 400 servers or more ) is not only
> > unacceptable without an on staff developer and release engineer, it is
> > infeasible.
> > For those of you who would be quick to note that "Corporations with
> > 400 servers should be able to afford a developer and release engineer"
> > please note that 400 NT, Solaris, AIX, or HP-UX servers can be
> > maintained by a small team of administrators, and do not require these
> > extra resources.
> So, for 400 NT, Solaris, AIX, or HP-UX servers you allow a small team,
> and for FreeBSD you don't even allow a single engineer? Seems kind of a
> double standard.
> And as a long-time administrator, I disagree that FreeBSD is more
> difficult to maintain releases across systems. I've done Ultrix, SunOS,
> Solaris, FreeBSD, and (ack!) Linux, and I find that FreeBSD is second to
> Solaris, but barely so.
> However, Solaris doesn't even provide anything remotely close to what
> Brett is asking, and they're getting paid alot for the OS than FreeBSD
> is getting paid.
I think you misunderstood. I meant you don't need release engineers for
any of the above, only FreeBSD. FreeBSD might be great, but it doesn't admin
itself yet. ;) Consider 4 sysadmins, and 2 release engineers for FreeBSD, as
opposed to just 4 sysadmins for NT / Solaris / AIX / HP-UX.
-- Benjamin Krueger
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