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Marc Wandschneider is a professional software developer with well over fifteen years of industry experience (yes, he really is that old). He travels the globe working on interesting projects and gives talks at conferences and trade shows whenever possible.

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Jul 15, 2007 | 03:34:39
End of an Era
By marcwan

For the last 17 years or so, I’ve been a huge fan of the various BSD-inspired operating systems, starting with SunOS 4.1.x, and then moving on towards the various free flavours available for the PC, such as Bill Jolitz’s 386bsd, then FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD. For a while, even I was a regular contributer to the NetBSD community, and enjoyed playing with them all.

When I started installing and running my own servers for mail and web application purposes about 8 years ago, there was an abortive few-month attempt to use Microsoft Windows Server, but since then it’s all been FreeBSD, with the latest server being FreeBSD 4.9-RELEASE (and with an uptime of 2 years, which would have been nearly 3 had my ISP not hacked and rebooted my machine one day).

To this date, various SYSV-inspired features, such as initd and their directory structure leave me with a bad taste in my mouth. I have repeatedly stuck with types of linux such as SuSE (before it sucked), and Ubuntu, that still gave me /etc/rc and familiar directory structures. Mac OS X still gives me warm tingly feelings to this day.

So, it is with some sadness that I recently decided to move from my own dedicated server to a virtual server hosting solution. I’m simply never in the USA any more, and I don’t want to have to worry about my computer going down. A virtual server comes with a guarantee that all hardware problems are the ISPs, and is a bit cheaper to boot. I usually hover around a 0.00 load average, so serious computing power isn’t a necessity for me.

However, the cheapest package with the best bandwidth means my server will, henceforth, be running Ubuntu Server. It is reasonably familiar to me … I can still add things to /etc/rc.local, and the rest of /etc isn’t too alien, and the apt-get scheme seems to work reasonably well. My needs are less these days, as I slowly admit defeat in the email world and let people like Google do it for me, so as long as I can run web apps and a few other fun things, I’m happy. All of my sites and addresses have already been moved to the new server.

The old FreeBSD 1U Dell server will be shut down by the old ISP on Thursday, and put in a box for a friend to go pick up sometime after that. I’ll miss it.

Comments (5) Add Comment | Tags: freebsd linux ubuntu server BSD hosting marc-is-old
re: virtual server
Posted By: marcwan Jul 19, 2007 23:07:26
i ended up going with johncompanies. their website is really creepy (no address, no hint at all of who they are, only accept paypal), but there was a reasonably favourable review in linuxworld (which also pointed out that their site was kinda creepy), and the level of competence displayed appears to be quite high. here's to hoping it pans out in the long run.
Where can I get the source code besides the CD-ROM ?
Posted By: e6nian Jul 27, 2007 06:35:45
Hello Marc!
Recently,I have been reading your book<Core Web Application Development with PHP and MySQL>.
unfortunitely,our school library doesn's provide the CD_ROM. SO i can't got the source code of the Last three application samples source codes. And then I search the information aboout this book on the SE, I haven't got any information about that. So i load on your blog and leave the comment, hope that can get the response about this.
my e-mail is (change # to @).
THX a lot!
php book
Posted By: marcwan Jul 27, 2007 07:14:44
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