Is this something we (as consumers of FreeBSD) need to be aware of?]

Jerry jerry at
Wed Jun 6 20:09:51 UTC 2012

On Wed, 6 Jun 2012 15:55:16 -0400
Robert Simmons articulated:

>On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 3:05 PM, Jerry <jerry at> wrote:
>> On Wed, 06 Jun 2012 12:49:53 -0400
>> Daniel Staal articulated:
>>>On 2012-06-05 17:20, Jerry wrote:
>>>> The question that I have not seen answered in this thread is what
>>>> FreeBSD intents to do. From what I have seen, most FreeBSD users do
>>>> not
>>>> use the latest versions of most hardware, so it may be a while
>>>> before its user base is even effected.
>>>I don't believe at this point FreeBSD has any intent one way or
>>>another, really.  It's not an immediate problem for any platform
>>>supported by the FreeBSD project, at least for a technically-inclined
>>>user who's willing to check out their BIOS.  (Even if they are using
>>>the latest hardware, the x86-derived platforms aren't going to
>>>require this code signing yet.)  So it'll probably be a 'wait and
>>>see if it's something the FreeBSD community needs a solution for' at
>>>this point. But this is just my impression.
>> I totally agree with you. Unfortunately that speaks to the sad state
>> of affairs that FreeBSD appears to be in. When it comes to
>> supporting the latest technologies, it tends to be behind the curve
>> when compared to other operating systems. Wireless networking and
>> USB support are only a few examples.
>> I don't know of any user personally who purchased a new PC and then
>> threw FreeBSD on it. Most users that I have come into contact with
>> use 2+ year old units that have been replaced by shiny new Windows
>> units. I don't see that changing anytime soon.
>I would have to disagree with you there.  I know of quite a few users
>who happen to run one of the world's largest content distribution
>networks (accounting for about one third of the internet's traffic; up
>there with pornography).  They purchased more than just a handful of
>new computers and threw FreeBSD on them:

It is late and I am tired; however, unless I am misreading this, this
is not dealing with a typical home use but a corporate entity. You
omitted my last paragraph in my reply that clearly dealing with

Jerry ♔

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