Support AV Stream on FreeBSD

Mark Linimon linimon at
Thu Sep 25 22:15:56 UTC 2008

> And can anyone answer the question - what is the way FreeBSD? Or goal is
> not? Just write the code - without way?

To reiterate something I have said to other people on many occasions: you
have the wrong model for FreeBSD in your mind.

There is no "one goal" for FreeBSD.  There are as many goals as there are
individual developers.  Sometimes, in the best case, some of the goals
get shared.  But there is no predefined "list of goals" that developers
are then required to work on.

FreeBSD works from the bottom-up, not the top-down.  If an individual
developer is interested enough to get a kernel change made (including
doing the technical work, and then collaborating with the other developers
to get it done in a way that most people can agree to), then it gets done.
Otherwise: it doesn't.

Whatever other people say in public, or post on mailing lists, about
what *they* think FreeBSD ought to be, or how things should be supported,
and on and on, should be taken in that context -- including this email.

I can tell you what *my* goals are, and that I'm certain they will not
all be accomplished.  I can tell you what I think it's worth my spending
my own time to accomplish.

But that's it.


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