Maybe I'm assuming you are offering something bigger than you are (it IS pre
coffee time), but my main concern is the 'old news' factor of information
like this. Can such a document be written and not become dated in say 6
months or a year (I think an FAQ entry should last at least a year). The
more specific you get, the more likely the next OS patch or cracker attack
mechanism will make it dated.
Broad overview information MIGHT remain reasonably accurate, but is there
enough to justify the effort? If you are actually offering something along
the lines of the fact that the OS is not the issue as long as the user can
plug all the holes over the short and long term (whatever that means), list
the advantages/disadvantages of source code availability, and general
statements of that type, then I withdraw the reservation. Of course, if you
don't get specific, is it really useful?
On Wed, 11 Dec 1996 13:18:20 -0500 C Matthew Curtin offered:
>In an effort to reduce the amount of operating system debate without
>letting the important points of the debate fade into obscurity (and be
>missed by newcomers), I'd like to know if there's interest in
>including a summary of the issues at hand in the firewalls FAQ.
>Basically, I envision an entry like "Which operating system should I
>use?" and then have a summary (perhaps a bullet-list) outlining the
>issues in dealing with NT, when to use it, when not to; then, issues
>with Unix, when to use it, when not to; and pehaps a summary that
>basically says things that everyone agrees on like "you have to know
>the OS you're using," etc., as well as perhaps mentioning that other
>OSes besides Unix and NT can be used...
>Is there interest in this? mjr? (I'd like to know that a good summary
>of the issue will get put into the FAQ before going ahead and writing
>such a thing :-)
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