Is Yahoo! moving from FreeBSD?

Jon Drews jon.drews at
Sat Feb 26 14:27:20 GMT 2005

On Sat, 26 Feb 2005 14:12:38 +0100, Anthony Atkielski
<atkielski.anthony at> wrote:
> Ted Mittelstaedt writes:
> > For one thing you can just stop with the site licensing fees.
> Licensing fees aren't necessarily the largest or even a significant
> expense for a business.

Ted and others:

 This guy is a troll plain and simple. From his website:
"FreeBSD currently is a winning solution for servers from a technical
standpoint. Unfortunately, FreeBSD is unsupported, and trying to deal
with other users of the OS or the people who control it is a
nightmare—like the Linux community, they are fanatically devoted to
their OS and will tolerate no differences of opinion, or even any
questions that they find less than gushingly complimentary of the

 If you think the FreeBSD community is a "nightmare" then why are you
sticking around except to stir up strife ?

> > For another you can lay off half your IT staff that you hired to spend
> > their days running around and cleaning viruses and trojans off the
> > systems that get past the AV filters.
> No, you have to keep them and hire more to keep the open-source stuff
> running, since it is less likely to work on unusual configurations and
> there is no support for it.
> With open source you save the licensing fees, but you must pay out at
> least as much (in most cases) for qualified IT staff to support the open
> source, because there is no formal support for it and it is far less
> likely to work out of the box on all the configurations you might wish
> to use.
> I'm looking at proof of this right now.  Windows NT installed on this HP
> Vectra without a hitch, and ran flawlessly on the machine for eight
> years.  FreeBSD installed okay, but it won't boot (unless I boot from
> the installation diskettes and then switch to the hard drives), and it
> generates SCSI errors continually, occasionally terminating in a panic.
> And when I tried Mandrake Linux, it wouldn't install at all--it died
> after the first screen.
> Multiple this by 30,000 seats, and you begin to see the problem.
> > And this is to say nothing of now you don't have your IT staff running
> > around putting machines back to rights because the employee has
> > brought a disk of something in from the outside, and tried installing
> > it and it blew her system.
> You'll have that problem no matter what you install on the machine,
> particularly if you have an OS installed that cannot be locked down
> against local users.
> > Why do you think that Gates announced a few weeks ago that Windows
> > AntiSpyware will be free after the beta period?
> I don't know.
> > Do you think that the large corporate customers all are sitting around
> > wondering why everyone else is so upset over the amount of lost time
> > consumed by viruses?
> Large corporate customers that don't want problems lock down their
> machines.
> However, I'll grant that if a large enterprise truly wants a
> problem-free desktop, it might be better off installing Linux or UNIX.
> But to make this work it would have to customize the OS a lot so that
> the end user can do absolutely nothing beyond what the system allows him
> to do.  For example, you could build and configure it to support a few
> key corporate applications, and nothing else.  By carefully configuring
> and building the OS, you can make it impossible for users to add
> anything new without completely reinstalling a different OS.
> This essentially turns PCs into workstations or terminals, but in many
> organizations, that's exactly what one needs.
> This is not an out-of-the-box installation, though.  You'd have to
> develop your own tweaked version of the software and install it
> specifically on certain hardware configurations for which it had been
> customized.  This could cause problems with hardware acquisition since
> it requires a great deal of central control.
> This can be done with Windows, but it requires a lot of work up front,
> and the option of customizing the OS to completely exclude certain
> functionalities isn't there.
> > Provide support for this statement.
> That's the key word: support.  For open source, there isn't any.  Many
> companies cannot afford to use unsupported products, even if they are
> free.
> --
> Anthony
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