Do we need this junk?

Bruce M. Simpson bms at
Fri Apr 6 21:30:16 UTC 2007

Nikolas Britton wrote:
> What data do you have to back that claim up? Unless you have real
> quantitative data to support your claims the statistics
> stand as an accurate representative sample of the population... i.e.
> it's *1000% better the your sample size of one.
Well, they don't, because the statistics which you cite are not 
representative -- they certainly do not represent the hardware I use to 
work on FreeBSD. I do not own any SSE2 systems. I didn't even know a web 
site called existed until you informed us of its existence 
on this mailing list.

I am concerned that a somewhat shallow argument is being put forward 
with incomplete statistics from a single source inappropriately being 
used to support it; your argument appears to lack real consideration of 
the software engineering effort required to put it into production.

Nikolas, to be fair, if you are willing to do the work, or financially 
or otherwise support, the work necessary to support the changes you are 
suggesting should be made (and I responded to you in private explaining 
that I understand some of the motivation behind your suggested changes), 
then it would seem to me to be reasonable and fair for the Project to 
consider them, and I am sure they will be of interest at the appropriate 

Until such time as these systems are more common, however, then I'm 
afraid your suggestion has to be abandoned, for the time being, because 
your position appears unjustified in terms of the statistics you 
provide, and your arguments.

The proposition you make is a very long term proposition indeed. As 
such, I speculate most of the people working on FreeBSD will continue to 
focus on more important things in the immediate future.

Respectfully yours,

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