The future of NetBSD

Marc G. Fournier scrappy at
Thu Aug 31 22:10:07 UTC 2006

On Thu, 31 Aug 2006, Constantine A. Murenin wrote:

> On 31/08/06, Marc G. Fournier <scrappy at> wrote:

>> Just a stupid comment, but ... Linux is one kernel, multiple distributions
>> ... BSD is, what, 4 kernels now?  If we worked more together instead of as
>> seperate camps, it might make things a bit easier, no?
> Isn't there still fewer differences between *BSD operating systems
> than between different GNU/Linux distributions and kernel releases? :)
>> Put together a *BSD "core" ... representative from each camp and try and
>> steer the *kernel* itself towards a more common BSD ...
> I doubt that'll be productive -- NetBSD, FreeBSD and OpenBSD have all
> different goals...

Even at the kernel level?  Look at device drivers and vendors as one 
example ... companies like adaptec have to write *one* device driver, for, 
what, 50+ distributions of linux ... for us, they need to write one for 
FreeBSD, one for NetBSD, one for OpenBSD, and *now* one for DragonflyBSD 
... if we had *at least* a common API for that sort of stuff, it might be 
asier to get support at the vendor level, no?

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