gfoster9055 at comcast.net
gfoster9055 at comcast.net
Thu Feb 3 10:21:00 PST 2005
No ofense taken, how I came to do this is, my kids go to school in the district. I offered to do a website for my daughters school. The web machine happen to be a unsupported BSD machine which they are getting rid of this year and going to winblows. so i was very limited on what i can do because of the versions of ports and so i started talking to the network engineer and he could not help so i went to the director and asked if i could suppor the bsd machine and he is fine with that, only thing is that I have to do it from with in the school and not remote. the other piece is there is still a couple of services that are running on the machine that can not go down as of yet for any reason, not sure what services. After they move the services to winblows the box is mine to do with as I please or i can go to a winblows box, with i don't want to. I am also doing maintance on another linux machine that is running red hat 7.2. All my time is donated, which i don't mind for now and
for the experience and to learn more in a large enviorment, they said that they will give me a good refernece or possible a job in the future if there is ever a need.(school district is growing very fast). As for root, the network engineer logs me in, since i don't work there i will have to earn trust to gain root usage.
> gfoster9055 at comcast.net wrote:
> >Yea, that is in the works, here is alittle more info, the school
> >that I am working with is moving mostly to winblows, and they do
> >not have anyone to support the BSD machine or linux machine that
> >they have. So the nice guy that I am, I am donating my time to the
> >school to work on the servers and some of the sites. I got them to
> >let me keep some of the websites on the BSD server so that I can
> >have better control over the sites and software. But updating is
> >out of the question at the momment because of policy and budget so
> >I have to work with what I have at the momment. Only thing that I
> >can do is add software at this time. That is why I need the info for
> >FreeBSD 3.2
> OK, now, I'm not given to trolling, but this seems a tad strange.
> Also, please realize this isn't a personal attack, either. It does
> sound a bit like I'm ranting, though, so let's direct it at the
> "Budget" can't be an excuse for this problem, because you are
> "donating" your time "to the school"; furthermore, FreeBSD is
> free as in "Free Beer" (they didn't have that at my school, but
> I understand the concept.) So what costs will you incur by
> upgrading the server, other than the PITA that it may be to
> you (3.2-3.5.1-4.1-4.11-5.3 is a long process...)?
> So it must be policy. Are you still a student there? What control
> do they have over you? If you can install the software, are you not
> root? What's to keep you from installing 5.X and hacking
> "newvers.sh" to read something different? Better yet, grab the
> sources at home/other location and roll your own release, naming
> it something like, um, "FreeBSD 3.2"? Or <ultratrolling>how 'bout
> "FreeBSD 3.2 upgraded to something modern you $RANDOMEXPLETIVE
> Really, if you're root and no one else knows anything about BSD or Tux,
> what's really holding you back?
> Anyway, enough trolling. What about compiling new versions of PHP/
> MySQL from source, and seeing if they'll still run on 3.2?
> And I wish you luck whatever you decide (or are allowed?) to do.
> Kevin Kinsey
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