I avoided spending a quarter mill on F5's by deploying OpenBSD as firewalls/L4 routers but I was able to keep some of the budget... For a year there I would e-mail them every 6mo and ask what they wanted. Sad when I changed jobs and had to stop.
About 20 years ago (in college, of course) I ran OpenBSD on an UltraSparc 5 as our network router.
We had hundreds of meters of Ethernet cable running across the house and out through the windows - by way of a LinkSys switch - as it was the most "economical" route for the network.
WiFi back then was new, expensive, and comparatively slow. Sub 9ms ping is what we needed for gaming, and 54mbit wasn't gonna do it.
I worked hard on the firewall rules, and it had zero downtime, felt like a real sysadmin.
Maybe I was.
On a related note, how is EC2 still that hard to have a working offline console?
I wonder, what does it look like today?
Longsoon came and went as a platform between then and now (or at least I didn't see one in the picture, I don't remember what year they came out) and they support more ARM hardware and RISC-V as a platform now.
Assuming they don't have too much ARM hardware, they can probably fit everything they support on one rack now.
Yeah. I tried to donate a VAXstation 4000 to OpenBSD when I was emigrating from the UK. My then-new employers Red Hat offered to ship it to Canada free of charge.
Unfortunately, when he discovered it wasn't the fastest model, Theo de Raadt changed his mind.
It was a couple of years until I had a permanent place to live with some storage space. I asked for it back, and Red Hat Farnborough had lost it.
I am still very unhappy about that. It was quite a valuable machine.