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    Phoronix: eRacks Keeps Pushing Linux, Open-Source Systems After 15 Years

    One of the newer supports of Phoronix.com is eRacks, a company specializing in open-source systems -- primarily rackmounts and other high performance hardware -- since 1999...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTY2Nzc

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    along with popular BSD operating systems like NetBSD and FreeBSD.
    Correction:
    along with unpopular BSD operating systems like NetBSD and FreeBSD.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by endman View Post
      Correction:
      along with unpopular BSD operating systems like NetBSD and FreeBSD.
      hmm right
      the popular BSD is OSX

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      • #4
        Originally posted by benalib View Post
        hmm right
        the popular BSD is OSX
        BSD doesn't get credit for OSX.

        BSD license means the work belongs to Apple.

        Also OSX is not just BSD. Mach also bent over for Apple. One can argue that OSX's success is mostly due to Mach not BSD.
        Last edited by endman; 04-19-2014, 07:32 AM.

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        • #5
          I do not suggest dealing with this company. A family member of mine ordered a computer through them and they never delivered it(said was backordered) and have stopped responding to any of thier messages and attempts to contact. Still nothing about 2 year later. This is not how a good business should act. Complaint has been filed with the BBB. There are other vendors which handle hardware for linux/other OS that can handle you better than eRacks has.

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          • #6
            Nice to read this

            First off, I am glad eRacks is onboard. Second, oh the memories. Back in the day (circa 10 to 15 years ago) when I was working as a research scientist, I would always need either a Linux Workstation or a Workstation type Laptop (hardware compatibility was not nearly as good as now, so buying preinstalled was even more important than now, let alone avoiding stupid software licenses you didn't need). At the time, eRacks was one of the standard vendors. I also think they were one of the standard vendors for supercomputer racks for research.

            Anyways, it's good to see them doing well, I believe the cloud is a boom for them, and for Linux as well, frankly. But I wanted to say thank you for supporting Sofware Libre at a time a few did, commercially.

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            • #7
              They had a pretty banner ad last night in the green site header

              Featured a soft-focus closeup of the hotswap doors in one of their mass-storage racks. That's what I mean by magazine-style ads that amount to bonus content. It was artistic and reminded me of an old UbuntuStudio wallpaper that was a shot of a sound mixing board shot essentially the same way.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Luke View Post
                Featured a soft-focus closeup of the hotswap doors in one of their mass-storage racks. That's what I mean by magazine-style ads that amount to bonus content. It was artistic and reminded me of an old UbuntuStudio wallpaper that was a shot of a sound mixing board shot essentially the same way.


                This? Yes, that's their current ad. It's shown to those with JavaScript-disabled / NoScript, from the US, and about 1-in-8 times.
                Michael Larabel
                http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                • #9
                  That's the one

                  Originally posted by Michael View Post


                  This? Yes, that's their current ad. It's shown to those with JavaScript-disabled / NoScript, from the US, and about 1-in-8 times.
                  Very nice job, and displayable on secured browsers to boot. Most of the time I get the ad for Phoronix Test Suite or nothing. There was one bug in the ad: with JavaScript off by default, clicking on it generated no response, I had to cut and paste the URL to check out the site. Turning on Javascript and reloading made the image disappear.

                  I just wish there were more companies selling "open source systems" and willing to pony up for ads on Phoronix, the perfect place to reach open-source system users. If I walk into Micro Center, the closest thing to an open source system you will find there is Chrome OS or Android. When I got a netbook there they caught a break when I got an "odds and ends" refurbished one with a broken Windows install. Desktops I build myself.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Luke View Post
                    Very nice job, and displayable on secured browsers to boot. Most of the time I get the ad for Phoronix Test Suite or nothing. There was one bug in the ad: with JavaScript off by default, clicking on it generated no response, I had to cut and paste the URL to check out the site. Turning on Javascript and reloading made the image disappear.

                    I just wish there were more companies selling "open source systems" and willing to pony up for ads on Phoronix, the perfect place to reach open-source system users. If I walk into Micro Center, the closest thing to an open source system you will find there is Chrome OS or Android. When I got a netbook there they caught a break when I got an "odds and ends" refurbished one with a broken Windows install. Desktops I build myself.
                    Sadly this current eRacks campaign barely covers enough to cover one day of expenses (not covering my time involved) for Phoronix.com, while the campaign itself runs for about two weeks. But is a new campaign style for targeting just NoScript users so that they're the only featured advertiser on each page and hopefully will be mutually beneficial in some way but still does nothing for those that feel serving simple PNG/JPG images on the site is somehow a viable business model while the (albeit more intrusive) welcome screen campaigns, etc, yield at least 20x more.
                    Michael Larabel
                    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                    • #11
                      The unresponsive click bug is fixed

                      Originally posted by Michael View Post
                      Sadly this current eRacks campaign barely covers enough to cover one day of expenses (not covering my time involved) for Phoronix.com, while the campaign itself runs for about two weeks. But is a new campaign style for targeting just NoScript users so that they're the only featured advertiser on each page and hopefully will be mutually beneficial in some way but still does nothing for those that feel serving simple PNG/JPG images on the site is somehow a viable business model while the (albeit more intrusive) welcome screen campaigns, etc, yield at least 20x more.
                      As of 9:42PM EDT on the US East Coast, the eRacks ads are clickable without Javascript and can load the eRacks page http://eracks.com/products/storage-servers-nas/NAS50/ directly without having to copy-paste the link. Came up again, so I immediately tested it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Luke View Post
                        As of 9:42PM EDT on the US East Coast, the eRacks ads are clickable without Javascript and can load the eRacks page http://eracks.com/products/storage-servers-nas/NAS50/ directly without having to copy-paste the link. Came up again, so I immediately tested it.
                        There is no JS at all used within the eRacks script so that is what's expected and hasn't been changed at all since the start of the campaign.
                        Michael Larabel
                        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                        • #13
                          These guys have some interesting hardware

                          I've been poking around their website after testing the ad, an interesting site for a tech-head like me. Most of their systems are well out of my price range, but as a system builder myself I get ideas from exactly this sort of material. I particularily liked seeing audio/video systems pre-built with UbuntuStudio installed and optimized for it. My guess is there will be plenty of people who are busy between their jobs and their band or video work and do not have the time to put 20 or more hours into building a custom system in their basement, nor the time I have to put into optimizing them myself.

                          These are just the sort of "exotic" (for home users) working computers the gaming magazines rarely even speak of the existance of-even though they could not so much as mail out subscription notices without them.

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                          • #14
                            Maybe "bug" was slow response from my ISP

                            Originally posted by Michael View Post
                            There is no JS at all used within the eRacks script so that is what's expected and hasn't been changed at all since the start of the campaign.
                            I'm not on a landline, so I have to deal with very spotty and somewhat unreliable network access via a cellular hotspot. Not controlling the building I cannot set up a landline. Sounds like the code was fine and my ISP dropped the ball, simply not making the connection.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Michael View Post
                              Sadly this current eRacks campaign barely covers enough to cover one day of expenses (not covering my time involved) for Phoronix.com, while the campaign itself runs for about two weeks. But is a new campaign style for targeting just NoScript users so that they're the only featured advertiser on each page and hopefully will be mutually beneficial in some way but still does nothing for those that feel serving simple PNG/JPG images on the site is somehow a viable business model while the (albeit more intrusive) welcome screen campaigns, etc, yield at least 20x more.
                              I tried visiting their site, but their webserver doesn't give any HTML-responses, nginx does respond with redirects. So something is down on their end.

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