Linked by Mark Tolliver on Thu 13th Sep 2007 08:14 UTC
Editorial The widespread acceptance of open source continues to grow as a cost-effective alternative to traditional network deployments. Well-known projects such as Linux have proven themselves to be in the enterprise environment, helping to dispel the fear, uncertainty and doubt preceding open source implementations. In the past two years, the industry has begun to shift from a total dependence on proprietary applications to a desire for more cost-effective, scalable and collaborative solutions.
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RE[5]: Response times
by WarpKat on Thu 13th Sep 2007 18:51 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Response times"
WarpKat
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Keep this in perspective: Packages vs. what's needed to bring up a system are entirely different concepts.

If someone wrote a program to exploit a hole in the kernel, that's one thing. If an admin installs an FTPd, for example, they do so knowing that just because it's made to be compatible with the OS, doesn't always mean it's the most up-to-date port when dealing with Free/OpenBSD, which can result in an exploited system if the package goes unchecked - and that's up to the maintainer at that point.

If the port/package maintainers are lazy, then there's a HUGE problem. If the original authors are lazy, there's an even bigger problem with the solution to fork or take over the project somewhere else.

I've not meddled with the BSD's long enough to get into who's lazy and who isn't, so I'll let this one off here, but I will re-state that the differences between OS and other software packages are clearly distinct.

And yes, I get a "Thank you, Captain Obvious" here as well.

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