[ntp:questions] drifting on crystal

Pete Stephenson pete+usenet at heypete.com
Thu Jan 13 10:33:07 UTC 2005

In article <mailman.13.1105609907.588.questions at lists.ntp.isc.org>,
 Brad Knowles <brad at stop.mail-abuse.org> wrote:

> At 8:44 AM +0000 2005-01-13, Pete Stephenson wrote:
> >  I know very little about FreeBSD, except that it's used as the base of
> >  Mac OS X and that it's another system I managed to successfully install,
> >  but Debian just came across as more...er...me-friendly right off the
> >  bat. That, and the apt package manager is a Most Wonderful Thing(tm).
> 	MacOS X uses a Mach micro-kernel, with a userland that is 
> primarily derived from FreeBSD, but also includes components from 
> other *BSD versions.  That's not the same thing as saying that 
> FreeBSD is used as the base of MacOS X.

My apologies; I over-generalized. Probably not a good thing to do in a 
newsgroup dedicated to precision. :)

> 	That said, FreeBSD has over thirteen thousand ports defined, and 
> no other OS on the planet has anything that compares to:


> category.  I challenge any OS on the planet to be able to combine 
> that many port/package definitions with the trivial ease of 
> installation provided by the FreeBSD ports system.

Indeed. I must experiment more with it. Perhaps altering the partition 
map of my HD would be useful -- subdividing a 250Gb HD into several 24Gb 
partitions with 1Gb swap each for a total of ten different distributions 
(unless several distributions can share a single swap file, even though 
they obviously wouldn't all be using it at the same time) would be quite 
handy. Perhaps when I have a bit more time.

I have no idea how many packages are available via apt with Debian, but 
the ease of installation is substantially easier than "trivial". I 
suspect that FreeBSD's port system is very similar. I'll definitely 
experiment with it.

> 	This is the standard by which all other OSes are measured, at 
> least in this particular area.

I'll take your word on it. :)

> >  Once I get the Cobalt up to speed and serving time, then I'll work on
> >  getting it more accurate -- GPS or WWVB input, etc. Maybe some new
> >  hardware and FreeBSD for a new, dedicated timeserver...we'll see.
> 	One of the best time servers you can build today is running 
> FreeBSD on a Soekris SBC no bigger than a thin paperback. 
> Poul-Henning Kamp has a lot of experience in this area, and has 
> written a lot of good material describing how he's done it.

I will definitely look into that. Such a configuration would be optimal. 
Thanks. :)

Pete Stephenson

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