mit at mitayai.org
Sun Dec 5 20:22:20 PST 2004
Any help you can provide would be great!
Lanny Baron wrote:
> Hi Mit,
> Perhaps we can help. Contact me at your convenience.
> Lanny Baron
> Proud to be 100% FreeBSD
> Toll Free: 1.877.963.1900
> Mit Rowe wrote:
>> Hi, folks!
>> I'm Mit, and i've been your ca.FreeBSD.Org hostmaster for many years.
>> I'm pretty quiet on a international scale, but i've been active as a
>> local advocate for the FreeBSD community in every community i have
>> involvement in since a copy of FreeBSD 2.0 landed on my desk in early
>> I have also considered it my duty to encourage FreeBSD mirrors in
>> Canada, but I have been constantly frustrated by my ability to have
>> corporations provide long-term resources to the FreeBSD Project in
>> terms of WWW, FTP, and CVSUp mirrors of the FreeBSD releases, source,
>> and documentation.
>> This frustration has led me to think of turning to the government of
>> Canada, starting from the Communications Research Centre (an agency
>> of Industry Canada) and working my way up, looking for either them to
>> host the FreeBSD mirror or provide a grant to someone to do so.
>> However, before i speak for the FreeBSD Project, i believe that i am
>> honour-bound to request feed back on my intent and method; therefore,
>> i ask your feedback, comments and advice on the following letter i
>> think i should send first to info at crc.ca and see what kind of
>> feedback i receive from them (which i would report back).
>> Also, perhaps any lurking Canadians out there could hold up their
>> hands? I sometimes feel pretty lonely out here in this corner of the
>> world :-)
>> Here's the text of the letter in English (i'm also going to write it
>> in French, our other language of government in Canada, in case any of
>> the potential readers are francophone). Please comment as soon as
>> My name is William Rowe, commonly known as Mit Rowe, and i am a
>> Canadian member of the FreeBSD community and serve in the capacity of
>> Hostmaster for the FreeBSD Subdomain.
>> FreeBSD is, as the website http://www.freebsd.org/ describes,
>> "...an advanced operating system for x86 compatible (including
>> Pentium and Athlon), amd64 compatible (including Opteron, Athlon 64,
>> and EM64T), Alpha/AXP, IA-64, PC-98 and UltraSPARC® architectures. It
>> is derived from BSD, the version of UNIX® developed at the University
>> of California, Berkeley. It is developed and maintained by a large
>> team of individuals
>> Additional platforms <http://www.freebsd.org/platforms/index.html>
>> are in various stages of development." It is a freely available,
>> opensource operating system with no restrictions on commercial use.
>> More information of the licenses can be found at
>> http://www.freebsd.org/copyright/freebsd-license.html. The core
>> documentation of FreeBSD is available in both national languages, as
>> are large chunks of ancillary documentation.
>> I have worked in the ISP and IT industries for over a decade, and am
>> well aware of the prevalent use of FreeBSD in Canada, in both the
>> private and public sectors in corporations large and small, Internet
>> Service Providers and non-profit, charitable, governmental and
>> educational institutions.
>> The level of interest and use warrants the existence of resources to
>> install, configure, maintain, upgrade and support the operating
>> system, which can be done through the allocation of resources for
>> mirroring the FreeBSD source and documentation in order to make more
>> efficient use of global Internet resources.
>> The use of public funds to support a free platform which runs much of
>> the infrastructure of our nation is both a way of supporting the
>> existing infrastructure and making it easier for Canadians to support
>> and further develop this technology, and will also serve to help
>> increase and support our international reputation as a center for
>> Technology and Communications, and the pride that we IT professionals
>> feel in for the country which we are honoured to be able to call our
>> With respect,
>> Will Mitayai Keeso Rowe
>> Toronto, ON
>> mitayai at ca.freebsd.org
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