[nos-bbs] Linux and JNOS

Bob Nielsen n7xy at clearwire.net
Thu Jun 11 22:22:38 EDT 2009

I'll add a few comments to Skip's answers...

I ran a JNOS gateway at a remote location for several years and  
switching to Linux was fairly uneventful.  With JNOS 1.10 on DOS, the  
available memory would drop quickly in a 24/7 operation (I even put a  
mechanical timer on the PC power supply to force a reboot daily!).   
Switching to Linux on the same computer (486-100) made it much more  
stable and it would run for months on end without needing to restart.

As to the Linux learning curve, having had several years of NET/NOS  
experience really helped, since the commands are very Unix-y.  I made  
the transition after I retired 15 years ago (Linux has come a long  
way since then, but so has Windows).

73, Bob N7XY

On Jun 11, 2009, at 2:57 PM, George [Skip] VerDuin wrote:

> 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.
> 73
> Skip
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