On Jul 27, 2006, at 5:41 PM, Born, Clinton wrote:

Really? I wouldn't want such a myopic view when choosing to allocate our
shareholders dollars. Best tool for the job. Period!

That is not as easy as you make it out to be. WHat one might in the short term see as the best tool may not be such in 2 years when support is dropped and you are in a forced obsolescence and have to replace it with something else... So making value judgments like tools that are known to be well supported on FReeBSD for example is part of determining the best tool for the job

Chad


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Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 11:28 AM
To: Nikolas Britton
Cc: freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject: Re: Are hardware vendors starting to bail on FreeBSD ... ?

And this is what I always do. As a person responsible for
recommending/approving/buying harware related stuff for few different
companies, I make it a point that I *prefer* only those brands that
have support for FreeBSD. For me, this is more so in case of RAID
cards.

On 7/27/06, Nikolas Britton <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
Except most of the people using FreeBSD in a professional setting are
pretty high up on the IT/IS/MIS food chain. If a product doesn't work
on my platform of choice then there's no way in hell I'll approve it's
uses on other platforms, FreeBSD is my litmus test. If a vendor
doesn't support FreeBSD they can still pass my test by providing open
documentation.


I see the whole issue this way: companies are free to choose whether
to support FreeBSD or not, and I am free to choose/recommend their
product in my installations. It's only when we start to speak with our
money bags, that it will make commercial sense to them to support
*BSD.

Amitabh
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