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Subject: Re: linux vs. *bsd for secure networking system
From: sdw @ lig . net (Stephen D. Williams)
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 14:23:30 -0400 (EDT)
To: blymn @ awadi . com . AU (Brett Lymn)
Cc: Marius @ doulosgeri . com, firewalls @ greatcircle . com
In-reply-to: <9509060236 . AA17739 @ bunya . awadi> from "Brett Lymn" at Sep 6, 95 12:06:36 pm

> According to Marius:
> >
> >weak points, just like everything else does, but I just wanted to say 
> >a few words in its defense...
> >
> A very reasonable response!
> And to redress Karl's omission - you can also go the path of NetBSD
> which, unlike FreeBSD, has ports to a whole gaggle of different
> machines - not just PC's.  The ports that are running are listed on
> the WWW page at, ones I can remember are Mac, Suns,
> Amiga, some HP boxen - there are others.

Once you have installed a distribution and actually started using it,
it doesn't make sense to think about distributions: I just update
kernel, compiler, libraries, utilities, etc. as they are updated.

Distributions are always behind the curve quite a bit.

> Brett Lymn, Computer Systems Administrator, AWA Defence Industries
> ===============================================================================
> "It's fifteen hundred miles to Ankh-Morpork" he said.  "We've got
> three hundred and sixty three elephants, fifty carts of forage, the
> monsoon's about to break and we're wearing ... we're wearing ... sort
> of things, like glass, only dark... dark glass things on our eyes..."
>         - Terry Pratchett "Moving Pictures".

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