Subject: Re: point-and-drool installation (was Re: /etc/daily and /scratch)
To: Chris G Demetriou <>
From: None <>
List: current-users
Date: 03/31/1996 06:14:03
Chris G Demetriou writes:
>Like i said before: researchers, including those doing low-level
>operating system hacking, are really just "end-users," who do want
>easy (perhaps even "point and drool") interfaces for installation,
>administration, etc.  The reaserchers I talked to about this aren't
>natural science researchers, etc.  I was talking to COMPUTER
>SCIENTISTS, at conferences like USENIX and SOSP.
>Indeed, NetBSD has lost a fair number of computer-science-research
>users because of difficulty of the install process, difficulty with
>"supported" hardware or standard hardware that is isn't supported,
>etc.  There are people, on these mailing lists, who are NetBSD users
>who have to work really hard to be using NetBSD, because the rest of
>their groups have pretty much settled on other OSes for their
>research, because of those factors.  That is NOT speculation, THOSE
This is what, four weeks I've spent on setting up NetBSD for our
new computer lab? Or is it five? (I'm doing research in hardware, btw..)

My advisor is really beginning to wonder where that master's thesis
is going. 

Yes, I'd say there's a Problem here.