Why FreeBSD not popular on hardware vendors

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at msu.edu
Thu Dec 11 06:38:16 PST 2008

On Mon, Dec 08, 2008 at 08:46:49PM +1000, Da Rock wrote:

> On Sun, 2008-12-07 at 08:29 -0500, Jerry wrote:
> <snip>
> > IMHO, before FreeBSD can make a significant market share improvement,
> > it has to improve its hardware support. NVidia, for one, has expressed
> > a desire to support FreeBSD; however, it needs the FreeBSD organization
> > to improve its basic product, especially in the 64-bit systems, which
> > are the future of computing.
> Ok. So what needs improvement and where to start? Not being critical,
> I'm interested in this.
> Personally though, I think the business model here is a failure and
> seriously flawed. And yes, I did study business at Monash (and butted
> heads constantly; IF you don't look out for the health and well being of
> a community, environment, employees, whatever- the extreme social
> responsibility- then the clients and potential clients die, ergo no
> customers therefore no money to be made. Thats looking after your
> bottomline: Duh!) and saw this continually. Marketing the same;

The thing people seem to forget is that FreeBSD doesn't have a
business model - or that is its business model.   It is simply
sharing technology without much concern about propagation or return.
It accepts contributions of various kinds, mostly in kind.


> appealing to all markets is extremely lucrative, and with the technology
> literally at our fingertips can be very easy to do. So why not just pull
> the finger out and do it instead of saying its too hard, too much
> trouble, etc. Old people at the wheel stuck on old ways and refusing to
> budge (no offense intended to those on the list- I have a lot of respect
> for those in technology; strangely the inverse is true- they actually
> know what they're doing and do it properly the first time) in
> management.
> Sorry for the rant, but that's just my 2c.
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