Why FreeBSD not popular on hardware vendors

Odhiambo Washington odhiambo at gmail.com
Sun Dec 14 02:54:01 PST 2008

On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 1:43 PM, Matthew Seaman <
m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk> wrote:

> Glen Barber wrote:
>> On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 5:03 AM, Wojciech Puchar
>> <wojtek at wojtek.tensor.gdynia.pl> wrote:
>>> You remind me of a tech I once worked with who thought all customers
>>>> were stupid. Maybe they were...
>>> the difference is that FreeBSD is free software.
>>> or is not?
>> How is that relevant?
> The tech was being paid to do a job, so he really was contractually obliged
> to be nice to the customers.  FreeBSD isn't under any sort of obligation,
> contractual or otherwise to do anything.
> Well, apart from the exceptions where developers have been hired or given
> grants to implement bits of functionality, or companies have decided to
> task
> their employees with developing FreeBSD drivers[*].  Even so, while the
> obligation of any individual may not be directly to the FreeBSD project
> itself,
> the result is effectively just that.
> Not to mention the moral obligation that developers accept to debug and
> maintain
> the code that they give to the project.  Sure, no one can demand that a
> developer
> drop everything and /fix/ /this/ /now/ but most developers, most of the
> time,
> will respond extremely quickly to well-formed bug reports concerning their
> areas
> of interest.
> The difference is the degree and nature of the motivation to work on
> FreeBSD
> related things.  Ideally developers are self-motivated.  They do it because
> they want to, not because they have to or because they won't get paid if
> they
> don't[+].  It's not an entirely  black and white  distinction -- after all,
> employees aren't slaves.  If they really can't stand being nice to the
> idiot
> customers, they always have the option of seeking alternative employment.
>        Cheers,

There being no more need to add anything, with that simple and clear
clarification from Dr. Matthew, let us all bow and say Amen! to this thread.

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