Subject: Re: Future of NetBSD??
To: Dave Cornejo <>
From: Darren Reed <>
List: current-users
Date: 06/25/1995 20:32:30
In some email I received from Dave Cornejo, sie wrote:
> Jason Thorpe wrote:
> > 
> > On Fri, 23 Jun 1995 09:50:07 -0700 (PDT) 
> >  Dave Cornejo <> wrote:
> > 
> >  > This is the crux of the issue - NetBSD is a research and development
> >  > platform, FreeBSD is a users platform.  My fear is that NetBSD, by
> >  > adhering strongly to this attitude is condemning itself to always be
> >  > on the trailing edge of useability.
> > 
> > I disagree.  From my perspective, users want the most stable, robust 
> > platform available.  I think that with all the thought that does into 
> > NetBSD's design, NetBSD is going to the the platform to provide that.
> I think you need to qualify 'users' as 'NetBSD users' - if we want to
> talk about users in general then I am certain that you'll find *way*
> more FreeBSD users than NetBSD.  Why?  Because it generally works and
> it has all the glitzy bits in it.  The average user could care less
> what a hack the driver code may be - it works and that's fine with
> them.
> The average NetBSD user, I think, is a person who cares more about
> the design of the OS than in using it.  A NetBSD user is the guy who
> buys a car and spends his time and money under the hood, instead of
> the chrome wheels, tinting, neon, teensy tires, and a really boomin'
> stereo system.

Having just had a look under the hood (forced to :/) of FreeBSD 2.0, I
was less than pleased...bigger, more fancy bits, but underneath...*shudder*
It was like they hadn't made any progress there.  BUT, it is much nicer
than looking at Linux :)

If NetBSD can make it trivial for new drivers in the future and the core
team are willing to take the time to do what they can to bring this, and
other nifty orthogonal bits to NetBSD, then so much the better!