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Dru Lavigne publishes BSD success stories

Contributed by mk/reverse on from the boss, it works dept.

Noryungi writes:

Dru Lavigne has published a PDF file on BSD Success Stories. While this is FreeBSD-centric, there are also a couple OpenBSD success stories, one on an "emergency" OpenBSD router and another on an OpenBSD-based IPSEC VPN.

I read a couple of the stories and it's pretty interesting to see how quickly machines with BSD can be deployed and solve the tasks at hand. This might be a good read for your boss to show that price and quality does not always go together.

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  1. By Anonymous Coward () on

    AFAIK, that's not new :-/

  2. By chort () on http://www.smtps.net/email-sec/

    I recently leafed through the BSD Hacks book that she wrote and I found it to be utterly useless. For starters, most of the information was extremely FreeBSD centric, but a lot of it was also just plain bad advice.

    There was a huge section dedicated to hacking your kernel config file and the author strongly advocated creating a custom kernel for speed and security... Right, like removing drivers is going to remove any vulnerabilities, and everyone knows the only real speed difference is in loading the kernel. The rest of the "hacks" weren't much better.

    1. By Anonymous Coward () on

      Actually, it's quite possible to improve security by creating a custom kernel; for example security problems have been found in SysV IPC on a number of platforms, and I believe one or more of the binary emulation environments (for running Linux/SunOS/etc. binaries). Those things can be left out with a custom compiled kernel. It's a basic security principle: you can't have bugs in code that isn't there. Not normally an issue with drivers, for sure, but there are many other subsystems in the kernel.

      Primarily I use custom kernels to have a bit less memory wired down, as I don't have much RAM.

    2. By Anonymous Coward () on

      I guess thats why they call them "hacks"

  3. By Anonymous Coward () on

    new link to the pdf!
    http://www.oreillynet.com/oreilly/linux/news/bsd_ss.pdf

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