Are hardware vendors starting to bail on FreeBSD ... ?

Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC chad at
Fri Jul 28 00:30:48 UTC 2006

On Jul 27, 2006, at 5:41 PM, Born, Clinton wrote:

> Really? I wouldn't want such a myopic view when choosing to  
> allocate our
> shareholders dollars. Best tool for the job. Period!

That is not as easy as you make it out to be.  WHat one might in the  
short term see as the best tool may not be such in 2 years when  
support is dropped and you are in a forced obsolescence and have to  
replace it with something else...  So making value judgments like  
tools that are known to be well supported on FReeBSD for example is  
part of determining the best tool for the job


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions at
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at] On Behalf Of Amitabh Kant
> Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 11:28 AM
> To: Nikolas Britton
> Cc: freebsd-questions at
> Subject: Re: Are hardware vendors starting to bail on FreeBSD ... ?
> And this is what I always do. As a person responsible for
> recommending/approving/buying harware related stuff for few different
> companies, I make it a point that I *prefer* only those brands that
> have support for FreeBSD. For me, this is more so in case of RAID
> cards.
> On 7/27/06, Nikolas Britton <nikolas.britton at> wrote:
>> Except most of the people using FreeBSD in a professional setting are
>> pretty high up on the IT/IS/MIS food chain. If a product doesn't work
>> on my platform of choice then there's no way in hell I'll approve  
>> it's
>> uses on other platforms, FreeBSD is my litmus test. If a vendor
>> doesn't support FreeBSD they can still pass my test by providing open
>> documentation.
> I see the whole issue this way: companies are free to choose whether
> to support FreeBSD or not, and I am free to choose/recommend their
> product in my installations. It's only when we start to speak with our
> money bags, that it will make commercial sense to them to support
> *BSD.
> Amitabh
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