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Re: [ajug-members]: FreeBSD


The reason I asked about 64 bit BSD was to see if it was keeping pace
with Linux and it's 64 bit kernel.

I think this fall/autumn will see an interesting development when it
comes to deployment of J2EE apps. Here's the background behind my

We already have screaming fast dual Opteron 64 bit 1U rackmount servers
with all the bells & whistles, available for $3,000 running 64 bit
Linux. Kernel 2.6 resolved some of the threading issues with Linux (I
hear that the JRockit JVM was the fastest Linux JVM due to it's work
around threading issues on kernel 2.4). Sun's promised a 64 bit Linux
JVM along with the release of Tiger.

The upshot of this is that if you stack Open Source App. Servers such as
JBoss on commodity hardware and lots of it, $ 4 $, you'll likely exceed
the performance and reliability (through redundancy) of the cost of the
proprietary app. servers from the major vendors.

To me it seems that the value point for the major vendors app. servers,
is going to be the ease of configuration, deployment & maintenance. If I
can get my app. out the door, into production and maintain it, for
significantly less than JBoss et al, then there's a good incentive to

Of course the other strategy for the major vendors is to lock in the
need for the production server, through the development process.

Back to BSD & Linux... I'm not sure if the forthcoming 64 bit Linux JVM
is Sun proprietary, or if they're releasing it in conjunction with
Blackdown.org. I'm not too up on the BSDs... do you know where their
JVMs come from and any rumors of a 64 bit BSD JVM?

On Fri, 2004-04-23 at 15:55, Barry Hawkins wrote:
> On Apr 23, 2004, at 3:11 PM, angus.berry@elken.com wrote:
> > Chris,
> >
> > Does BSD support 64 bit for Opteron / Itanium Servers??
> >
> > On Fri, 2004-04-23 at 13:00, Christopher Fowler wrote:
> >> On Fri, 2004-04-23 at 12:10, Barry Hawkins wrote:
> >>> I have FreeBSD 5.2.1 as a test environment running on a  
> >>> non-production
> >>> server.  It has a native 1.4.2 JDK and JBoss 3.2.3.  You can use one  
> >>> of
> >>> the Linux JDKs using Linux binary compatibility mode or you can go to
> >>> the trouble to compile a native JDK yourself.  It's not too bad once
> >>> you do it a couple of times, but some folks opt for the Linux
> >>> JDK/binary compatibility route.  You can search the freebsd-questions
> >>> mailing list and the freebsd-java mailing list for more info at:
> >>>
> >>
> >> Would you run it as production?
> >>
> >>> http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo
> >>>
> >>> Regards,
> >>
> >>
> >> s
> >
> >
> Angus,
> 	In short, yes.  The links to the FreeBSD ports pages for IA64 and  
> AMD64 are below:
> http://www.freebsd.org/platforms/ia64/index.html
> http://www.freebsd.org/platforms/amd64.html
> 	The Itanium port is at Tier 2, while the Opteron port is already Tier  
> 1.  This means that Opteron is fully supported and Itanium is close.   
> More information on the tier system for FreeBSD platforms can be found  
> at:
> http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/articles/committers-guide/
> archs.html
> Regards,