Subject: Time to get off the fence.....
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: NetBSD Bob <email@example.com>
Date: 04/21/2000 15:13:51
OK, folks, I am at a crossroads, and need some input from the crewe.
I have two 4c sparcs that I am currently running, one an IPX and one
an SS1. The IPX is at home, and the SS1 I moved into the office to
replace an aging 486/33 web server. They are about equivalent, but
the monitor on the old sun makes it a better web machine for building
and testing web pages, than the dusty, musty, rusty old PeeCee toy.
My problem is this.....
1. I use NetBSD on most everything, except sparcs, because the sparc
port has been less than optimal. Currently, the 1.4.2 port, plus
a minor fix or two is about equivalent to the OpenBSD port, on the
sparc, which I have been using for several years, currently at 2.6+.
2. I need to keep a closer tab on the NetBSD current tree to keep my
Vaxen, alphas, Mipsboxes, and related machines happy. I figure
I can make the web server carry that load, since it is on the net,
and run a script to roll current source tarballs nightly from the
current tree, to ferry via cd or tape to my home machines, as
3. I need a dependable web server that won't grumble too much, under
light load. The machine is basically a small teaching web server
for handling class junk, and other than occasional backups and that
sort of thing, it just needs to run, and run, and run, carrying maybe
a gig of web stuff. Apache has been working fine on the PeeCees and
on the OpenBSD SS1. My gut feeling is that NetBSD-1.4.2 on the SS1
will probably be fine. It is running fine, as of last night on
the IPX, in lieu of OpenBSD 2.6. The NBSD/OBSD feel mostly the same,
compile rather much the same, and give me the impression that either
will do fine, for what I need the box to do.
So, my real question is.... Will NetBSD-1.4.2 sparc replace my OpenBSD
2.6 sparc, without presenting any gotchas or security issues that I
might need to worry about?
I sense it should, but I need to check for any gotchas ahead of time.
I can't be playing the daily fix and patchup on the SS1 in the office.
It has just gotta run, and run, and run. I sense 1.4.2 is at the
point where it will do that, now.
Any insights, horror stories, gotchas, etc..... appreciated.