Saturday, March 1, 2008

[SYSCTL] FreeBSD 7.0

One of my (FreeBSD) servers has been up for more than 3 years without the need for a reboot...
# w
8:38AM up 1138 days, 7:05, 1 user, load averages: 1.05, 1.35, 1.37
This one is serving something like 100 GB of data per day, the box is from 2000, a dual P3 Xeon 500 Mhz with 384 MB RAM...

This makes you wonder why the trend for switching from Windows to *nix hasn't been faster :)

Though it's nice to see so many devices running a *nix (mostly Linux) around us everyday. When Linux Phones will come to the mass market, people will be surprised to have a stable smartphone again (I have to soft-reboot my Win Mobile 2005 at least every 2-3 weeks). Though I really can't see why companies still stick with Linux... since the license (GPL) is clearly not the most flexible, compared to the BSD one, for example.

The very new FreeBSD 7.0 is available for download since a few days and runs on ARM CPUs (those used in mobile devices). NetBSD runs on ARM since a few years... Strange to see how some so tactical/important decisions are made.

Even though I'm still a FreeBSD lover, I mostly install CentOS (RedHat Entreprise clone) in production environment, because to me, it's simply the most production-ready *nix available to date.

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