FBSD 2.2.6 vs. 3.3 vs BSDI/OS

FBSD 2.2.6 vs. 3.3 vs BSDI/OS

Post by Louis Epste » Sat, 09 Oct 1999 04:00:00

A handout BSDI was distributing at the Internet World show now concluding
in New York compared their BSDI Internet Super Server 4.0 to,among other
things,FreeBSD 2.2.6.

It was dated February 1999,by which time they should have been looking at
FreeBSD 2.2.8,and they're distributing it in October,when the stable
release of FreeBSD is 3.3(though I'm not clear that 3.x has been
proclaimed as fully stable as the mature end of the 2.2.x branch).

Leaving aside the things tagged as Microsoft proprietary(WinNT is also
on the chart,with Solaris and Linux),various features they cover are
said in the FreeBSD column to be N/A[not available],Biy[Build it yourself;
saying "make install" is generally easy!],or left blank[reason unclear];
I'm wondering how the situation may have changed for FreeBSD in some
areas since the non-current version they are comparing to...or how
inaccurate their table may be.

Under "World Wide Web Support"

SSL2 and SSL3 are 3rd-party-available for BSDI,left blank for FBSD.
XML is standard on BSDI,left blank for FBSD.
Remote Database is 3rd-party-available for BSDI,left blank for FBSD.
Front Page server extensions are 3rd-party-available for BSDI,N/A for

Under "VPN Support"

IPsec and ISAKMP are standard on BSDI,left blank for FBSD.

Under "Security"

Kerberos is standard on BSDI,left blank for FBSD(though I've certainly
seen it in FBSD release notes!!)

Under "Reliability"

"Uptimes > 1 year" is said standard on BSDI,left blank for FBSD.

Under "Advanced Features"

IPv6 is standard on BSDI,and N/A on FBSD.

Under "Technical Support"

They claim a 60-0 day advantage in "Initial Free Phone Support",
and everything else is "N/A" on FBSD and standard or optional on
BSDI...though saying "Update Support" and "Patch Server" are not
available for FBSD is IMO a stretch...just what is CVSupping and
the errata files and all such on ftp.freebsd.org classified as??
And "Email support",there are some addresses at freebsd.org to
send questions to.(And they don't mention newsgroups).

Under "Pricing"

They say the "Base Product" is $995 from them and $49 for FreeBSD,
and "16 User" $995 from them and left BLANK for FreeBSD,and that
they have a "60 day return privilege" and FBSD does not...if they
are talking about the Walnut Creek CDROM product,it's my understanding
that it can be returned for refund for a whole year,and costs $39.95
even to non-subscribers...and of course 16(or more) users are welcome
to use that CDROM set,or make boot floppies from it and make an
unlimited number of FTP installs...


FBSD 2.2.6 vs. 3.3 vs BSDI/OS

Post by SR » Sat, 09 Oct 1999 04:00:00

It's uncredible!!



1. Linux vs OS2 vs NT vs Win95 vs Multics vs PDP11 vs BSD geeks

        Every machine and operating system has got its useful

        I see no point in argueing with people which OS is better, and
which is worse, and what will survive and what wont...

        The bottom line is obviously the best OS is the one that make
the end user most productive.    Ive used quite a variety of software
from intel, ibm, MS, sun, GNU, DEC/compaq, etc,   and everything OS
has got its UPz and DOWnz, so depending on what you want to do with it
yer machine, probably determines what OS you run.

        So lets cut to the chase -  OS bashing is a waste of time,
and most of the time I'd say the person putting it down just hasn't
seen that particular OS's potential,  or should I say speciality....

      Hell,  Plan 9 has even got some interesting features.. <snicker>

       And all PC users know,  that no matter what use on a day to day
basis on the PC, that one day you will need to boot good ole ancient
DOS to do something...

2. Weird colors in KDE 3.1.0

3. Desktop vs Window Manager vs X11 vs OS

4. How can I get on-lone as a general user?

5. Linux Advocacy - Linux vs Windows 2000 vs Be vs OS/2

6. RH6.1 DeskJet incredibly slow

7. LinuxPPC vs. Mac OS 8.6 vs. Be OS?

8. Solaris 2.1 and networking cards

9. Perfomance: tar vs ftp vs rsync vs cp vs ?

10. BSDI vs. 386BSD vs. FreeBSD

11. Slackware vs SuSE vs Debian vs Redhat vs ....

12. DOS vs. Windows vs. Mac vs. Unix vs. NS

13. Red Hat vs. Slakware vs. BSDI