Lanny Baron LBaron at
Sun Dec 5 19:50:04 PST 2004

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 
> '95.
> 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 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 :-)
> Regards,
> Mit
> 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 
> possible.
> =====
> 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 describes,
> " 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 <> 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 
> 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 
> home.
> With respect,
> Will Mitayai Keeso Rowe
> Toronto, ON
> mitayai at
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