[nos-bbs] Linux and JNOS

George [Skip] VerDuin k8rra at ameritech.net
Thu Jun 11 17:57:03 EDT 2009

Hi again Carl...

Rev. Carl Cook wrote:
> Hello everyone, I was thinking of switching my DOS box over to a Linux 
> Ubuntu 9.04 box.
Not a "new" topic.  Nor is the answer always the same...
> I have read a lot of good things about it but was looking for some 
> first hand advice. Have or do any of you run this type of setup?
The Linux platform is common around this neck of the woods, various 
distros.  Those who chose to convert are mostly happy with the results.  
Certainly the newest features are going to be found on the Linux platform.

That said, conversion is seldom painless.  There is a learning curve 
when one's history doesn't contain OS-X, UNIX, and the like [WINx 
doesn't count].  It is fair to say: "If it ain't broke -- don't fix 
it.".  All of this paragraph is off limits to the inquiring mind.

Many die-hards remain active with the DOS platform -- and for good 
reason / what they have is well known to them, some have heavily 
modified their own code / they risk losing their favorite feature 
without significant work, and IT WORKS as-is.  NOS is a light resource 
user -- it fits nicely on older and smaller hardware with DOS.  Does 
your use fit this pattern?

JNOS itself probably doesn't warrant changing platforms.  When starting 
from scratch Linux is perhaps the better choice.  As for my install -- 
jnos sits in the back corner of my 2core Linux Workstation running 
24/7.  I reboot after 90days if no update has caused a more recent one.  
No crashes here [knock on wood].  The workload runs around 200 
concurrent processes including three BOINC projects that guarantee 100% 
CPU consumption --  I never see jnos over 0.01%.  Jnos and jnoswiki both 
just sit there "doing their thing".
> Any Pros or Cons on this? Thanks and God Bless
> Carl N4ERO

Good luck with your decision, and if you choose to dabble in Linux, 
happy landings.  I expect you'll like it.


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