[FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD 12.0 end-of-life

Doug Hardie bc979 at lafn.org
Sat May 16 20:18:18 UTC 2020

> On 16 May 2020, at 11:56, @lbutlr <kremels at kreme.com> wrote:
> On 16 May 2020, at 12:19, Polytropon <freebsd at edvax.de> wrote:
>> And it runs and runs and runs and runs. Older hardware could do this. And older software, in combination with that hardware, could do this. As long as the requirements don't change, it's not a problem, especially not when _not_ connected to the Internet - yes, I'm quite aware that _this_ is a significant problem in considering system security.
> If the computer is not connected to any other computers and no person ever has access to it, that’s fine.

Here is a real example:  I have an older machine running some older version (I don't even care which one it is).  It serves as a 3rd level backup for my main machines.  It is powered on about once a week (when I remember) and it initiates a backup to it and then shuts itself off.  It only has a connection to an internal LAN.  There is no internet connection.  I also have 2 first level backups on site, and a 2nd level backup off-site.  Interestingly enough, in running with this backup architecture for over 10 years, I have never had to resort to any of them.  I also have solar power and battery backup so that when commercial power goes off, nothing notices, not even the cheap alarm clocks.  Not to shabby for a home office environment.

-- Doug

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