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SF Gate: ...FreeBSD is a relatively unknown operating system playing big role on Internet

May 29, 2000, 15:42 (2 Talkback[s])
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"The FreeBSD customer roster includes such Internet powerhouses as Yahoo, the most heavily trafficked site on the Web; Microsoft's Hotmail, the world's largest e-mail services; MCI WorldCom's UUNet, a giant provider of Internet services to businesses and to consumer ISPs; MindSpring, a national ISP that last year ranked No. 1 in customer satisfaction according to J.D. Power and Associates; and Verio, a company that says it hosts more than 300,000 Web sites in 170 countries."

"While it will continue to improve and market its commercial OS, the beefed-up company also has big plans for the free version: Like Red Hat, Caldera Systems and other companies that have grown large by providing added-value services to Linux customers, BSDI plans to offer professional support, consulting and custom development for users of FreeBSD. The 9-year-old company, which already has more than 100 employees and is profitable, also plans to raise additional funds from venture capitalists to fuel its new ambitions, according to Rose."

"Along with Yahoo, the biggest feather in FreeBSD's cap has to be Hotmail. After all, Microsoft touts its own heavy-duty OSes, Windows NT and now Windows 2000, as alternatives to Unix, yet it continues to rely on FreeBSD to manage the mail of Hotmail's 66 million users. In a revealing message explaining why it hasn't switched to its home- grown systems, product manager Sarah Lefko said Microsoft is "committed to providing a stable and high-quality user experience for Hotmail."

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