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Re: [SLUG] Solaris 8 vs Linux
- To: jon@xxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Solaris 8 vs Linux
- From: VK2COT <dusan@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue Feb 26 23:17:02 2002
- Cc: slug@xxxxxxxxxxx
> On Tue, 26 Feb 2002 22:30, grant@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> > Hi everyone
> > Could anybody help with some constructive comments on which OS would
> > be the better for running ISP related services ( web, dns radius etc
> > ) ? Which one is better for stability, available software,
> > scalability ?
May I offer a sincere opinion. After 14-15 years working in
Unix/Linux environments only (I never had to deal with Microsoft!),
I can say that nowdays Linux is a safe and reliable choice.
I manage huge Solaris, AIX, HP-UX corporate sites and deal
with everything from E10K down to Sun LX workstations.
I must admit that I had a good run with all sorts of
hardware and O/Ses.
At the beginning of this month, a small
Sun Ultra 5 desktop had to be rebooted after 629 days of
smooth operation. It runs Solaris 8, with OpenSSH, OTP,
and sendmail 8.12.2. That was the server I designed
back in mid-2000 as a small proof-of-concept and served as
a production Internet SMTP gateway for about 30,000 emplyees
(the mailboxes were not on this server though!).
I also have another small production WWW server running
Apache 1.3.23 on Solaris 7, Ultra 10. Uptime 540 days.
But, these are extremes. Best value for money, least trouble
in portability, highest choice of free and vendor-based
software makes Linux a primary candidate.
In last six years, I have helped about a dozen ISPs in
Australia and overseas. All of them use Linux. I also
see Linux at a lot of companies, although most of them keep a shy
cover on them :)
Go for Linux. Stick to reasonable installation and
administration practices, and you will not regret it.
May you choose the best solution.
Good health and successful 2002 to all of you,
Dusan U. Baljevic, BSEElec. (First Class Hons)
Mayne Group Limited, Unix Systems Manager
Operations & Security
Member of: ACM, ACS, WIA, IEEE
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