FreeBSD 10 prognostication...

Outback Dingo outbackdingo at
Wed May 16 23:02:17 UTC 2012

On Wed, May 16, 2012 at 5:44 PM, Thomas Mueller <mueller23 at> wrote:
> Umm, it's about as factual as The Onion, except not as funny.  FreeBSD
> never had to "jettison two thirds of its code base and start from
> scratch".  Apple is not involved in FreeBSD development.  No Mac OS X or
> Darwin version "includes" FreeBSD.  FreeBSD and Mac OS X will never
> merge.  FreeBSD was never acquired by WinDriver Systems or by anyone
> else, although a company named WindRiver Systems (makers of the embedded
> operating system VxWorks, not of Windows video drivers) did at one point
> acquire BSDI, which had previously acquired Walnut Creek CD-ROM, which
> was heavily involved in the early history of both FreeBSD and Slackware
> Linux.  The remains of Walnut Creek CD-ROM and BSDI are now known as
> FreeBSD Mall and iXsystems (of PC-BSD and FreeNAS fame).
> --
> Dag-Erling Smørgrav - des at
> I was a long-time subscriber to Slackware going back to Walnut Creek CDROM days (Slackware 96 to the best of my memory, but < 3.0).
> I believe FreeBSD Mall and Slackware ( are connected.  I had a difficult time terminating my Slackware subscription, customer service ignoring me, thought I was going to have to have my credit card number changed to jilt Slackware.  I noticed the similarity in subscription arrangement between FreeBSD Mall and
> Slackware package system is geared to binary packages rather than building from source, and there is no tracking of dependencies.  A package can be installed even if dependencies are missing, and that even happened in Slackware releases, as I found when I tried unsuccessfully to run gnumeric many releases ago, got the message of missing library.  Seeing the better package managers in FreeBSD (ports), NetBSD (pkgsrc, and ported to other (quasi-)Unix OSes), and several Linux distributions is what made me not want to go further with Slackware.  Multimedia files failing to play may have been due to lack of proper package management.
> Tom

Guess his next claim will be that the kernel was forked from minix,
and userland came from QNX........... some people are just plain....
(biting my tongue)

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