Performance 4.x vs. 6.x (was: e: [fbsd] HEADS UP: FreeBSD 5.3, 5.4, 6.0 EoLs coming soon)

Mark Linimon linimon at
Sun Oct 15 16:34:21 UTC 2006

On Sun, Oct 15, 2006 at 07:57:32AM -0700, Danial Thom wrote:
> Stating facts is not trolling.

true, but ...

> The fact that you may not want to hear it is your own problem [...]
> You can't keep promoting this junk they're putting out. You can't just
> keep kicking the Matt Dillons out of the camp because they think that
> your design is a piece of crap. At some point you have to come to terms
> with the fact that your kernel design stinks [...]

... *is*.

I think there are valid points to be made about 4.X vs 5.X vs 6.X (which
is why, for the sake of being informative, I wrote an article about it).
Performance was also discussed extensively at BSDCan, and a lot of work was
done on improvements and ideas were discussed for the next steps to make
(e.g.: actual work, not just talk).  This work is continuing.

But as long as you keep the above tone, I and everyone else who is actually
doing the work to advance the project will just ignore you; because, frankly,
there's too much work to do and in any case, life is just too short.  (I
intend to do just that from now on, so I will not be adding any more to this
thread.  You may have the "last word", if that kind of thing is important to

Finally, if you think Matt's design and/or ability to accept criticism is
better than ours, then DragonFly is clearly a better choice for you.


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