On Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 05:36:32PM +0300, Evren Yurtesen wrote:
> Jeremy Chadwick wrote:
>> On Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 12:58:30PM +0300, Evren Yurtesen wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> Is there a known continuous backup solution similar to r1soft backup 
>>> for  FreeBSD? I googled a lot but couldnt find anything.
>>> R1soft says they need help to develop FreeBSD support in their 
>>> product. Do you know anybody who can help r1soft on this issue?
>>> Please see: http://forum.r1soft.com/showpost.php?p=3414&postcount=9
>> Would the GEOM gate class handle this?  See ggatec(8) and ggated(8).
> I am not saying it is impossible. They just need somebody to put them to  
> right track I guess. I personally cant do that. It would be nice if  
> somebody who has knowledge in this area contacts r1soft. At the very  
> least r1soft seems to be willing to communicate on this issue.

First and foremost, the URL you gave is terse and out of context.  Let
people read the entire thread:


So let me throw around some ideas.

First and foremost, David appears to be saying "We'll take FreeBSD
seriously if we can get proper documentation, and it needs to be
thorough, that explains how to interface with devices on a block level
so we can perform block-level backups and write our software
appropriately".  AFAIK we don't have any documentation that outlines
that in a clear, concise manner.

With regards to "providing protocol documentation and letting the
open-source community write the software", R1Soft is generally right.
Time and resources are the biggest problem with open-source; do not
think for a moment that just because millions of users can look at
source code means they understand it, or even know how to write it, or
will even *want* to.  The majority do/will not.

That said, I'd like to know exactly how "low-level" R1Soft's software
truly is.  dump(8), AFAIK, is "block-level" -- and that's a userland
program.  Does R1Soft's software *truly* require kernel-land?  I have
more to say on that issue (not against R1Soft, but speaking with regards
to the current state of FreeBSD's developer count) if it truly does.

I'm somewhat surprised that their software focuses on Linux and Windows
and not Solaris and Linux, especially given that they're interested in
"dedicated server markets".  Solaris is always the first OS that comes
to my mind when talking about hardcore server operating systems.

> Continuous backups as well as bare-metal-restore seem to be a key  
> feature for many hosters.

Regarding continuous backups: the GEOM gate class could be used for
this.  Meaning, I think it could be used as an alternate to R1Soft's

Regarding bare-metal restoration I'm not aware of how to do that under
FreeBSD, Linux, or even Solaris "with ease".  In most cases, companies
develop their own PXE-booting environments which wipe the disks and
reinstall + restore data as they see fit.  There is no "standard".

> FreeBSD is loosing users because of this issue.

Why does the "number of FreeBSD users" matter?  Quantity does not
necessarily represent quality.

I'm sorry for sounding anti-FreeBSD, but the reality is that people
should use whatever solutions work best for them -- if that's using
Windows, Solaris, or Linux, great!  Remember that open-source is about
choice: and choice means supporting the possibility that someone chooses
something else.  Blind one-sided advocacy is very damaging to the
open-source model and concept.

| Jeremy Chadwick                                jdc at parodius.com |
| Parodius Networking                       http://www.parodius.com/ |
| UNIX Systems Administrator                  Mountain View, CA, USA |
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