BSD Success Stories

Chris Laverdure dashevil at
Fri Apr 2 22:11:11 PST 2004

On Thu, 2004-04-01 at 17:07, Charles Oppermann wrote:
> >>
> Roger and everyone - don't get me wrong, but as I already wrote it
> somewhere: I am quite tired of "Yahoo runs FreeBSD" advocacy. In the
> "ancient" times, their success story was very important for FreeBSD, as it
> clearly showed, that they would be unable to accomplish their task the same
> way, as they did it with FreeBSD - Linux was too immature at that time.
> <<
> I too wondered about Yahoo and FreeBSD.  I guess when I hear the association
> made, is that implying that FreeBSD is being used for development
> internally, or intranet servers?
> When my browser connects to a server, what platform is that server
> running?  If it's FreeBSD, that's a huge deal.
> If it's a hodgepodge of platforms that serve up content, then is
> there any idea of percentage that FreeBSD or others have?
> Never mind - I just found  Yep, Yahoo runs FreeBSD on it's
> servers.
> Now, what I found very enlightening was the uptime statistics.  In a ranking
> of sites with the highest average uptimes, BSD owns the list.  FreeBSD runs
> on 7 of the top 25 sites for average uptime.  BSD/OS runs on other 18.  #5
> is has been running FreeBSD continually for 1,612 days.
> That's nearly 4 and half years!

Which also means that they haven't applied any kernel level patches for
four and a half years?

I really question those crazy high uptimes.

> Charles Oppermann, charles at,
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