'k, there are at least two "clients" already in existence ... and, in fact, the one that I posted the URL about even has Protocol information included, so we *should* be able to avoid recreating the wheel here, only extend it ...


I should *not* be a mandatory ... then we're as bad as other companies that are into embedding 'spyware' ... it should be an opt-in sort of thing, but something that is included as part of the OS, just like ntpdate ... something a simple addition to /etc/rc.conf would enable, *or*, even have it enabled by default, but easy to *disable* ...

As for older releases, that would fall under a verison available in ports, that could be downloaded and run ...

There has to be conscious involvement from the community as a whole in this though ...

On Mon, 24 Jul 2006, kevlar Hodge-Podge wrote:

I just want to see if I understand the issue correctly.

From what it sounds like there would need to both be a server for all the
individual machines to connect to, and some sort of scripted client to capture info on the machine and send it to the server. When asking about older machines such as the RELENG_4 mail server mentioned, wouldn?t that person have to go back and in stall this software on the machine? Also if this project were to work, it would almost have to be placed as a high priority install, if not almost mandatory. When and how often would the client contact the server? Every reboot would seem like a good time, but possibly more often. Would it be possible to modify a very thin email client to work as the client, meaning the server would send an email, and when received it would prompt you ?would you like to send uptime/user data now?? perhaps even being able to choose what types of data to send. I think the average person would be more likely to send more info if they knew exactly what was being sent.



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Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2006 18:23:12 -0700

User Freebsd wrote:
Who *big* recognizes FreeBSD as a viable operating system, at least openly?

When PHK asked the FreeBSD community to donate USD16,500-33000 so he could spend 3-6 months working regular hours on FreeBSD, Pair Networks (pair.com) donated USD20,000.

I don't know if that's "recognition as viable" or not, but businesses generally don't give $20k to anyone without a reasonable expectation of a solid return on investment.

Hell, how many ppl are still running 3.x or 4.x systems, vs the newer stuff?

I have a few systems running the "final" RELENG_4. These are only doing so because they're internal file or mail servers on older hardware. They're stable, problem free and have low exposure with no applicable security flaws. I can't justify depriving a business of critical IT services for the several hours it will take to do the rebuild.
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