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Re: NetBSD in production
Mostly development of desktop applications (GNUstep) and desktop usage.
Occasionaly file serving trhough FTP and as SSH machine.
I´d like to know who of you is running NetBSD in production. For example
-what kind of application/service
-> x86-32 : laptop for daily usage running NetBSD 5.99 (just because
release had a broken X11))
-what platform (type, configuration)
-> sparc32 with SMP, NetBSD 2.x, mostly headless usage from the laptop
-> x86-32 (VIA Vortex) mini-pc with passive cooling running NetBSD 4,
either as a quiet workstation or mostly headless from the laptop
-> powerpc 32bit (macppc)
technically I also have a Mac 68k machine which is my first NetBSD box,
but I have scsi problems and I need to try to reinstall it, but install
is such a pain due to scsi errors from the installer. I keep it out of
Stable, if I don't encounter a critical problem like broken X I found on
A true "Unix", minimal, compact, trusted which serves me since 1996. The
core system didn't "bloat" in the past years as other operating systems.
It is a true BSD unix: it doesn't get in your way and just works.
Resource friendly (I find that important even if laptops are now more
powerful than my aging workstations).
Easy to set up: ssh, telnet, rlogin, ftp, sftp... everything works out
of the box, just comment out the lines and enable them!
A uniform system: be it x86, sparc, ppc or 68: I login, use tcsh and you
feel at home.
-what pros do you see
hardware drivers: sometimes they are missing sometimes their support is
For example, the ethernet card of my mini-pc is shakey and reports
watchdog problems under heavy load. Not all video cards work or are
supported as on linux (getting X11 on my PPC is a pain). I need to run a
patched kernel or the SCSI hangs...
-what is missing / could be improved
Sometimes there are quirks which I experience only on NetBSD (GNUMail
doesn't work due to DNS problems, while it works on any other BSD and
Linux platform I tried it on).
Then there are applications problems: linux binary compatibility and
other stuff needed for a typical desktop usage which I find a necessary
evil because the "world" outisde needs them:
-> wine for some windows apps which you can't even find as linux binary.
A long-time netbsd user...
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