What, exactly, is the benefit to an ISP to wear such a feather?
Mainly marketing, if the ISP can handle hosting of freebsd.org, then
they obviously can handle hosting of most other things on the
Remember, the people that buy seriously large amounts of bandwidth
don't use television commercials to make decisions on providers. They
use tools like whois to see who is hosting major sites then go talk to
It also isn't a bad thing to be the landlord if the provider
happens to have
lot of FreeBSD in use themselves, I'm sure it helps get developer
problems rather quickly. Have you ever seen a post from anyone at
Yahoo with a problem with one of their FreeBSD servers?
Marketing, yes, but you may be overstating your case. The bandwidth
and power aren't free, and the ROI on the expense of providing that
might not be enough. Plus, it's not just ISP's hosting servers, many
are hosted by companies and colleges.
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