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Date:      Fri, 4 Mar 2011 14:45:53 -0800
From:      Charlie Kester <corky1951@comcast.net>
To:        Doug Hardie <bc979@lafn.org>
Cc:        FreeBSD Questions <questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: Purchased Binaries
Message-ID:  <20110304224553.GD28710@comcast.net>
In-Reply-To: <5F4DD89C-5F3B-46B8-BA91-A25B8BF11EEB@lafn.org>
References:  <5F4DD89C-5F3B-46B8-BA91-A25B8BF11EEB@lafn.org>

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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.

Are you bidding against a Linux guy for this job?

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

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.




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