Install of pkg fuse-ntfs fails because of undefined symbol in pkg!?!

Mark Linimon linimon at
Fri Feb 10 21:18:52 UTC 2017

On Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 08:17:31AM -0500, scratch65535 at wrote:
> A good rule of thumb from industry in the case of major software
> would be "forever", meaning until it's very unlikely that anyone
> is still using it because of hardware obsolescence, etc.

(Sigh.)  And how many people do you think it takes to do such support?

> Why is Linux able to so easily replace FreeBSD?  The desktop is
> gone.  Servers are going.  The new AMD chips are being tested
> against Intel on Linux boxes, not FreeBSD boxes.  FreeBSD is
> being made obsolete.

In other words, if we move fast enough to try to keep up with Linux
changes, FreeBSD is obsolete.  If we move more slowly than Linux, then
FreeBSD is obsolete.

I'm being serious.  We get criticized either way.

Also, for package sets, consider that size * each OS release * each
architecture (ok, some architectures) = a lot of disk space.  We
simply have finite disk space.

IMHO, the days that we can expect ports maintainers and committers to
keep e.g. a FreeBSD 4.11 viable for years are over.  By the EOL of 4.11,
we were asking volunteers to support *4* major OS releases.  That was

As for the OS releases, we're trying to keep up with new disk technologies,
new ways of booting, new wireless techniques, graphics APIs that change
rapidly, and on and on.  The pace of these changes is outside our control.
We can keep up or become irrelevant.


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