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Re: Well Lookie Here, Barracuda Networks tries to get me to fall into their trap again...
From: Jon Lewis <jlewis () lewis org>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:07:31 -0500 (EST)

On Thu, 22 Dec 2011, Michael Thomas wrote:

At that point why should they sell iron at all? Seems like you get
all of the downside of owning the iron, and all of the downside of
paying for a cloud based service. Either you own what you own,
or you pay for service that somebody else provides. This "you
bought useless hardware unless you pay up" is really what's
infuriating.

Presumably, Barracuda's hardware is i386/i686 compatible commodity parts. It's probably not at all "useless". Just attach a USB DVD drive or USB flash drive, wipe the disk(s) and install your favorite Linux distro. It may take some doing to get all/most of the features Barracuda provides setup on your own...but if you don't have the time/expertise to do it, that's why companies like Barracuda exist.

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