At 09:23 AM 8/9/97 -0500, Peter da Silva wrote:
>What sort of hokey UNIX variant have *you* been running? Solaris? Irix? I
>hear lots of pain coming from people stuck with those systems.
Can you say Solaris? I administered v2.2/2.3/2.4 systems (& NIS+). An O.S.
that shipped with 17-odd patches, and tech support that wouldn't talk to you
unless you applied all relevant patches.
Some experience with Digital UNIX, HP-UX, and AIX held up the average. A
firewall I had running fwtk then Gauntlet on SunOS v4.1.2 was fairly
bulletproof. I designed some systems for Bectel way back when, who even
liked the reliability of DEC Ultrix enough to standardize on it for a short
while. Some people are even happy using DEC SEAL v1.0 firewall on Ultrix.
Hell, I've even run real UNIX on Mainframe hardware, and that was rock-solid.
My curiosity is based on the O.S. and product combinations. A firewall
being an untouched system should _theoretically_ be very stable. Unstable
can result from DNS/sendmail problems, memory leaks, DOS vulnerabilities,
kernel patches(service packs), etc.