Subject: LINUX support; was: File systems, geometry, zones...
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Andrew Cagney <email@example.com>
Date: 10/25/1994 11:07:55
Excerpts from mail: 24-Oct-94 File systems, geometry, zon.. Gordon W.
> > Date: Mon, 24 Oct 1994 13:45:06 +1000 (EST)
> > From: Luke Mewburn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> [ James W. Williams wants file-system sharing with linux... ]
> > Why not hack the FFS into linux? The way I see it, we have:
> > Unix type Primary FS type
> > --------- ---------------
> > Most SVR4, *BSD BSD 4.x Fast File System
> > Linux Ext2fs, Extfs, etc.
> Much better to port FFS to linux -- especially given that it
> is then "somebody else's problem" :-)
Um, I look at it as:
o FFS is BSD code, and LINUX, in the past, hasn't exactly been excited
by BSD code.
o LINIX has x86 free-unix market share (1). For NetBSD to hold its own
in that market, it is going to want (post 1.0) to include `LINUX
compatibility' (file system, ELF ABI ...). Think of it the same way you
think of DOS compatibility :-)
While idealisticly it may SUX, I don't think that we've got much choice.
Now if we can just get `LINUX compatibility' on NetBSD.MIPS ... :-^
Andrew (taking off the marketing droid hat :-)
(1) In aus, it is now `normal' on TV infotainment shows doing spots on
The Internet to include footage of an x86 machine with a `Linux Inside'