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Date:      Fri, 4 Mar 2011 14:54:38 -0800
From:      Doug Hardie <bc979@lafn.org>
To:        Charlie Kester <corky1951@comcast.net>
Cc:        FreeBSD Questions <questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: Purchased Binaries
Message-ID:  <98DE64E1-EE7F-4B52-A204-A2AF70005FDE@lafn.org>
In-Reply-To: <20110304224553.GD28710@comcast.net>
References:  <5F4DD89C-5F3B-46B8-BA91-A25B8BF11EEB@lafn.org> <20110304224553.GD28710@comcast.net>

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On 4 March 2011, at 14:45, Charlie Kester wrote:

> On Fri 04 Mar 2011 at 13:24:32 PST Doug Hardie wrote:
>> I have a client who has purchased some software. I don't know =
anything
>> much about it yet other than it claims to run on Debian and CentOS. I
>> suspect its binaries. I will have access to things like the =
developer,
>> name etc. on Monday. However, thats when he needs to know if I can =
make
>> it run on FreeBSD.
>=20
> Are you bidding against a Linux guy for this job?

No.  I have the job.

>=20
> That doesn't sound like a reasonable demand.  Does he want your final
> answer on Monday, or do you think you can buy some time for further
> investigation

He is under the gun and needs to get this working last week.....

> if you tell him about FreeBSD's support for the Linux ABI,
> etc.?

He is pretty much non-technical and will go with any solution I believe =
will work.

>=20
> Maybe bring in a FreeBSD laptop and do a demo where you install some
> Linux binary from the web and show him that it runs?  (Be sure to
> practice the demo beforehand!)  I still wouldn't give him an ironclad
> guarantee that the software he bought will run too, but perhaps the =
demo
> will raise his confidence level enough to give you a chance to find =
out.

Pretty much I will have the real software on Monday and will need to get =
it up and going very quickly.  I want to use FreeBSD because all the =
other parts of what he needs I already have running on various FreeBSD =
servers.  Also, I very much like the FreeBSD approach (like to pf) of =
don't break things that previously worked without workarounds so that =
production systems are not killed.

>=20
>=20




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