[sf-lug] Fwd: VERIO Linux VPS: Arrange your Full-Access Test Drive.

jim stockford jim at well.com
Wed Mar 12 15:00:42 PDT 2008

yes, i was unclear. thanks for clarity, very helpful

On Mar 12, 2008, at 1:55 PM, Rick Moen wrote:

> Quoting jim stockford (jim at well.com):
>>  From the Verio MarComm people to me, jim (hey, it's
>> another linux distro):
> Hmm, in case you were unclear on this, Verio is not a Linux
> distribution, but rather a huge nationwide ISP headquartered in the 
> East
> Coast -- one that bought a large number of smaller but much more
> technically competent local providers in past decades, including (in
> S.F.) Best Internet and The Little Garden / TLGnet.
> What they appear to be selling _here_ is Internet virtual host services
> using Xen under RHEL5.
> Basically, they're advertising that they're another among dozens of
> virthost vendors.
> That fluff about their "deep roots in open source (FreeBSD)" merely
> refers to them having _bought_ Best Internet, who used to employ Matt
> Dillon, and who had their infrastructure mostly on FreeBSD -- but those
> "deep roots" withered and died with the buyout.  (As former Best.com 
> and
> TLG customers will testify, Verio screwed up the firms it bought out.)
> The phrasing about the company being "inventor of Virtual Private 
> Server
> (VPS) technology" appears to be just a reference to Verio (and Best
> Internet before it) being one of innumerable firms commercialising the
> jail(2) virtual-host syscall technology included in every release of
> FreeBSD since 4.0-RELEASE.  That code was _not_ developed by Verio, but
> rather by ServeTheWeb.com and Safeport Network Services.  See:
> http://phk.freebsd.dk/pubs/sane2000-jail.pdf
> The phrase "VERIO Linux VPS" appears to just mean Xen under RHEL5, plus
> some sort of proprietary "control panel" Web thing -- with little
> connection to their of the term "Virtual Private Server" under FreeBSD.
> So, just a sales job from a mammoth firm trying to take credit for 
> other
> people's work.
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