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From Aram Mirzadeh <>
Subject Re: Broken clients
Date Tue, 23 Jul 1996 02:34:48 GMT

Tom Tromey said:
> Chuck> I don't think Howard's observation is quite good enough to
> Chuck> reject system-provided regex outright. We have to balance the
> Chuck> hassle of maintaining and updating another chunk of code
> Chuck> that'll be statically linked into every instance of Apache with
> Chuck> working around bad OS versions of the package.  Apache doesn't
> Chuck> have to carry around OS regex as extra baggage. Someday Linux
> Chuck> will get it right.
> While I agree in principle, in practice things break from release to
> release.  (Eg SunOS 4.1.4 has a bug in strtod that didn't exist in
> 4.1.3).  So saying that "someday Linux will get it right" is pretty
> optimistic :-)

Amm... I'v kept quiet about this, but this is getting a little ugly... 
to me at least. 

Linux is one of the most stable UNIX platforms I've seen around.  It may
not have the maturity of SunOS, but I'll sure but it up against any newcomer.
And even some of the older ones.  Some probeblems are there, and they're being
worked on, and I have to say the fixes do come out alot faster than some
commercial apps.  I think HP is still shipping all new machines with a security
hole, and put a note in their box saying 'oh btw, get this upgrade from our
ftp site, if you plan to put this box on the net'.  And SCO is the worst of
the bunch.

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