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OpenBSD site first to be up full calendar month!

Contributed by jose on from the w00t dept.

Ray writes: "

OpenBSD was the operating system that ran Secure Dog Hosting, which was the "first hosting company to have its site run a complete calander month without a single request from any of our five performance monitoring machines failing."

Who says that OpenBSD is unreliable?"

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  1. By Anonymous Coward () on

    It's a nice kudos, but let's not get too excited because it's a result of multiple factors: good routing etc. To play the devil's advocate: it could be that OpenBSD is so bad that no one hosts themselves with that hosting company, therefore server and traffic levels are low, so requests from netcraft always succeed.

    1. By Dom De Vitto () on

      Why is everyone so keen to invent exuses for this?
      Surely good routing happens with Linux?
      What about those BeOS webservers out there - bet they don't get much traffic.

      The point is that Obsd "won", which is an achievement, simply because, under the same conditions (globally) it did the business.

  2. By Noryungi () n o r y u n g i @ y a h o o . c o m on mailto:n o r y u n g i @ y a h o o . c o m

    This is what the company in question had to say about their services (straight from:

    " Secure Dog Hosting deploys a variety of platforms in the effort to afford our customers with choices that are not readily available with other hosting providers. We offer Linux, OpenBSD, Solaris, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 as our server platforms . We also offer co-location and dedicated servers for our clients that demand greater control and flexibility over their own environments. "

    So, it's possible this has nothing to do with the OS used, and more to do with the routing and infrastructure provided by the company (as Netcraft points out).

    1. By marco () on

      except that for the time period in question, they were running obsd ... assuming of course that the times netcraft wasn't able to fingerprint the os they were running obsd ... all of my public webservers that run obsd get tagged as unknown by netcraft, so i assume it's valid.

  3. By chris humphries () on

    just like other operating systems, it crashes and freezes up just like any thing else (solaris, free/netbsd, linux, and windows, etc).

    blind stats and starting a parade over it is silly i think. there are probably alot of unknowns that arent out there, and grabbing a stat that just happens to be with openbsd and cheering seems foolish.

    obviously they havent been big targets of attack, like we were today with multi hundred megabit flood coming from around the world and such.
    i dont know about you, but i havent heard of that hosting place before, has anyone else? what is hosted on their network? anything big? i wonder...

    all that glitters is not gold.

    1. By lincr () on

      An error occured while loading

      Could not connect to host

      1. By Anonymous Coward () on

        yeah the web server was down, it is my own box and i had it down.

        is there a point?

    2. By Anonymous Coward () on

      oh my... this is a news site, as in people report varied bits of information concerning openbsd, right? alternate points of view and all that...

      the netcraft stat is as meaningless in itself as the *openbsd_sucks_big_time* "benchmarks" two weeks ago. so what?

      most of the people reading & posting here know that anyway.

  4. By Anonymous Coward () on

    Well, statistics don't lie, but they're pretty easy to misinterpret. <br> <br> I once saw a study that stated that, of all sampled reported system break-ins from a certain population (the article didn't provide me with ANY more information about data collection), most occurred on Linux and BSD systems, while the lowest percentage (about 1%) happened on SCO Unix systems. Their conclusion: SCO is far more secure than either BSD or Linux. My conclusion from the same data: BSD and Linux are probably much more popular than SCO. And that the author of the article didn't know how to use statistics. <br> <br> Don't be fooled by the hype. I like to think of OpenBSD as "easy to make secure/stable", but in the end security and stability have far more to do with configuration and adminstration than OS design. So anybody's own independent study, for better or worse, will likely have little bearing on the end-result for anybody else facing different challenges. <br> <br> My point being that posts like this, as well as posts like are nothing to get excited about.

    1. By Anonymous Hero () on

      "Lies, damn lies, statistics"

  5. By willb () on

    Why do the charts at netcraft say Solaris 8 for this company?

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