Unix Server Tech

An Offering of Daily Data, Inc.

for Technicians

Daily Data (http://dailydata.net) is using the Unix Server Tech site to make our notes and scripts available to everyone.

We at Daily Data have benefitted from Free and Open Source Software, and the world-wide community joining together to help each other understand the complexities of computer technology. This is our effort to partially repay that community.

Note: Everything we have put out has worked for us (unless otherwise noted), but we make no guarantees it will not eat your computer or mind. The software and procedures come with no warranty at all. Use them at your own risk.

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Currently we have two offerings:

You might ask, why Unix Server Tech instead of Linux Server Tech (which we still use)?

We have been using Linux since the mid 1990's, but feel most of Linux has chosen to move into the workstation/laptop market at the expense of servers. A case in point is the recent forced upgrade of Debian Linux to use System-D, which we feel is beta software, at best. In initial tests, too many instabilities arose for us to be comfortable with a Linux Distribution we have used for over a decade. There are some distributions which implement System-D very successfully, but none I feel comfortable using on a server.

Our workstations can run unstable software, and most likely will continue to use Debian for the forseeable future. However, our servers are not the place for unstable operating systems; if we wanted that, we'd use Microsoft products.

We are slowly moving to FreeBSD for our servers. FreeBSD has never, as far as we can see, worried about workstations too much. Instead, they are, and have been, extremely stable platforms for servers. Since most of Daily Data's work is with servers (Unix, Apple OS X and Microsoft Windows), we must choose what is best for that. You will see an increasing number of articles in our Knowledge Base about FreeBSD, and some notes on the trials and tribulations of a Linux Sysadmin learning how to move around in it!

While we are aware of the excellent work being done at the Devuan project (https://devuan.org/ to build a more stable version of Debian, our servers need action now.

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