DragonFly users List (threaded) for 2008-10
Re: Back from nycbsdcon!
Matthew Dillon wrote:
I hope everyone survived the financial meltdown! There were a
no-shows at the Con due to the mess, it being NYC there were
numerous local BSD users working in the financial industries
messed up pretty badly.
On 2008 Oct 14, at 20:41, walt wrote:
Maybe I shouldn't be surprised to hear that, but I am. Are you
saying that those BSD users are employed to use and/or maintain BSD
the financial sector? I'd have figured the Wall Street herd for M$-
In my experience, Wall Street (and financial companies in general) are
much more likely to be IBM shops than Microsoft shops. And that
usually means AIX or sometimes Linux (and at one time even meant OS/2
2.x for desktops and OS/2 1.3 for ATMs, for heaven's sake). One of the
NYC BSD Users Group meetings I attended was presented by an IT guy
from Morgan Stanley who described needs that companies such as his had
which would have to be addressed before they would consider moving to
BSD systems (faster support for new hardware, longer support for older
OS versions, and especially support for new hardware in older OS
versions being the main ones I remember. Plus support for variables in
soft links such as /usr/local/$APP_VERSION/lib which is apparently
supported in some other Unixen, and binary compatibility between
various kernels so that software doesn't need to be recompiled which
was really only supported in AIX using SOM [this talk was a couple of
years ago and I'm pulling this from memory]).
Many of the people I know who work for financial companies are Perl
programmers (I know, my associations are not exactly what most people
would regard as respectable).
Of course people who use, administer, or program for AIX during the
day are fairly likely to use BSD systems personally, AIX being
somewhat more costly.
In many cases, the people who have already been affected by the crisis
are contractors whose clients were primarily financial companies.