Re: Bug in 1.2.13 firewall?

Dennis (dennis@etinc.com)
Fri, 14 Jun 1996 12:10:40 -0400


>However, the boards that have sources have been working all along, as the
>driver authors kept them current. I am usre you will shortly have a driver
>released.

True, but if the kernel isnt stable who cares if the drivers work? The
bottom line is that if the kernel is stable then you dont need source,
and if it isnt then you're just gonna do a lot of work for nothing. Once
a customer patches a driver, they either lose the ability to upgrade
painlessly to our newer stuff or we are inhibited from making structural
changes that would otherwise be transparent to the user.

>
>Also, it doesn't help customer relations to suggest they have the wrong
>OS. I used to run AT&T Unix, and when I was going to upgrade my systems
>to 5.4, I tried Linux for fun. I wouldn't use anything else now for
>many reasons. Even though I have multiple Unix licenses, I prefer Linux.
>Many others feel the same and this market segment is sure to increase
>on the PC Unix side, your customers.

I was joking, but the point is that your ridiculing of commercial products
is keeping vendors from supporting LINUX, which hurts the entire
user population. The statement that LINUX should prohibit the use of
binary-only distributions is totally absurd. Equally absurd is the thought
that some dude in the Urals can support a product better than the
manufacturer.

Dennis
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