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Re: Debian/GNU Freebsd (+binary compatablity?)

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On Sun, 21 Feb 1999 19:55:11 +1100, Craig Sanders wrote:

>On Thu, Feb 18, 1999 at 11:58:45PM -0800, Steve Lamb wrote:
>> > e.g. many will still try to claim that freebsd's networking code is
>> > better/faster than linux'. it was, years ago. linux has been beating
>> > freebsd in network performance for years.

>> OK, playing devil's advocate here for a moment.  If that is the
>> case, then why do we constantly see FreeBSD breaking records on
>> ftp.cdrom.com while Red Hat, at Comdex, was balancing the load over
>> several, more powerful, machines at a lower threshhold than the max on
>> cdrom.com?

>some possibilities:

>because the cdrom.com people have a much greater level of skill in
>tuning systems for high performance?

    That doesn't say much for Red Hat, then, does it, who makes their
business on supporting Linux.  

>because cdrom.com have better hardware allocated to a mission-critical,
>continuously-running service than RH allocated to a once-off event at a
>computer show?

    Nope.  As I said in my message Red Hat was balancing the load across
several more powerful systems than what is used on ftp.cdrom.com.

>because benchmarks don't have much relevance in the real world anyway.

    Right.  But this is the real world.  I'm not talking benchmarks, I'm
talking about how ftp.cdrom.com, in real world usage, is breaking records.
Their machine served up 417Gb of data on a single day of operation running
on a single PPro 200[1].  That is a real world statistic, not a benchmark

    It is all fine and dandy to say that Linux' network code is beating
FreeBSD's but where are the numbers?  I work in a free BSD shop and they
constantly rag on Linux in many ways, and this is one of them.  They have
one good example of FreeBSD's grace under pressure, where is Linux' numbers?

[1] http://www.crl.com/wccdromrcd.html

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