Well Lookie Here, Barracuda Networks tries to get me to fall into their trap again...

Jon Lewis jlewis at lewis.org
Thu Dec 22 19:07:31 UTC 2011

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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