netmap and other discussions on freebsd-net: please be open minded.

Ian Smith smithi at
Mon May 19 09:11:30 UTC 2014

On Mon, 19 May 2014 01:02:42 _0200, Luigi Rizzo wrote:
 > Folks, i have two requests for you:
 > 1. please do not complain about questions on this list related
 >    to a core network-related FreeBSD subsystem (netmap, dummynet,
 >    netgraph, tcp stack...) even if they are concerned with ports
 >    to Linux or other OSes or to userspace.
 >    At least in principle, these topics _are_ relevant here precisely
 >    because they relate to code whose main home is in the FreeBSD
 >    source tree, and bugs or feature suggestions etc that may emerge
 >    will directly benefit FreeBSD.

I'm glad I waited before responding to the OP+1 or I may have been 
somewhat less polite, let alone authoritative .. so thanks.

I can only add that projects such as netmap - and ipfw & dummynet for 
Linux for that matter - can only serve to lower the wall, in perception 
at least, between the merits of either OS for purpose, and further 
increase the exposure of the quality of FreeBSD networking to the Linux 
masses; ie, I believe this can only be a net gain for FreeBSD overall.

 > 2. on the other hand, it would be good if people could avoid questions like
 >    "give me step by step instructions on how to install/run/use X".
 >    There are notes in README and Makefiles, something on the
 >    web pages, and quick web searches should point you to previous
 >    mailing list discussions on the same topic _before asking_.

googling 'netmap linux' seems to point to most everything relevant, 
including some discussions on Linux lists, and perhaps illustrative
of (1) is

cheers, Ian (no, I haven't played with netmap, but it sure smells good!)

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