Subject: NetBSD reliability and capabilities
To: None <>
From: Andreas Drewke <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 02/02/2005 18:10:58

i like to ask a serious question.

The software company I am working at might make a deal with another company to 
sell server system with a small Flashcard or rom as storage device(approx. 
256 or 512mb) where a Unix-like-OS and our Server Software will be running 

Actually here in company I develop and run the application on NetBSD, but 
customers who bought the product choosed of course their OS - named linux - 
themself, so there is no real prove that my preferred combination works 
really stable and reliable in Real World Usage (means 100% uptime).

I would like to chose NetBSD of course for the OS. 

But now the questions.

1. Is it possible to run NetBSD/i386 from a CF like storage device(maybe more 
a question of bios)?
2. Is it possible to run it without graphics card? Is this possible at all on 
x86 hardware (hmm, might depend on bios and hardware I guess too)
2. What about things like swap partitions. There will be enough ram in that 
machine for the task it will do. But does NetBSD prefer a  small swap space 
thow to do some VM tasks?
3. Has anyone run a production http server on Java & Java HTTP Server like 
Tomcat reliable, fast(means comparable fast to other unix-like OS) through 
linux emulation layer (I mean a server that really is under pressure of 
4. Has anybody any other thoughts that comes to mind when reading this?
5. Am I insane just to consider NetBSD?

I thing question 3 is the most interessting one....



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