Subject: Lobby for Motif Development for NetBSD
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Jim Wise <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 12/04/1996 11:24:13
Here is the response to my request that X-Inside reconsider their decision
to support NetBSD with their X/Motif/CDE product line. It would be
especially valuable if NetBSD users would express their interest in this
to X Inside, as they have the widest product line of any of the
motif-for-free-*NIX vendors. In addition, they have supported NetBSD in
the past, and are sympathetic to the need for this product. If we could
convince them that their was demand for a NetBSD CDE implementation, they
might come around...
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Jim Wise wrote:
> On Nov 27, 13:54, Mike Smith wrote:
> > Subject: X Inside announces AcceleratedX CDE
> > X Inside is pleased to announce the availability of AcceleratedX CDE
> > v1.0.10 for Linux and FreeBSD. AcceleratedX CDE is X Inside's
> I am writing to ask whether you intend to support NetBSD in future releases
> of this product. I would be _very_ interested in a CDE environment I could
> run at home, but am not interested in switching to Linux or FreeBSD to get
> this. I run NetBSD because it provides the most stable, clean, and well-
> designed OS freely available for Intel hardware, while also supporting a
> variety of other architectures (I also run the sparc and mac68k ports,
> for example). In addition, by providing unprecedented levels of binary
> emulation, NetBSD allows me to use binaries compiled for Linux, BSDI, FreeBSD,
> SCO, Unixware, and SYSV/x86 right out of the box. In a similar fashion, the
> sparc port allows me to use pre-compiled Solaris and SunOS binaries.
> In the past, X Inside had released their motif product line for NetBSD on intel
> hardware, and I have heard nothing but good about it, but I notice that NetBSD
> is no longer among the supported platforms.
> Among the advantages of supporting NetBSD:
> * Easy to do -- given working FreeBSD and BSDI ports, the differences between
> these systems are minimal enough that a stable port should not take more
> than two weeks. NetBSD is a fully functional BSD 4.4 derivative, and
> provides great support for the programmer.
> * Ability to branch out to multiple platforms -- Given a working NetBSD/x86
> port, it should be relatively easy to support any of the 14 other
> architectures (with 2 more in development) which NetBSD supports.
> All of these architectures are completely source-compatible, and almost
> all already support X11R6.1 right out of the box.
> * Demand -- currently no other vendor is supporting CDE for NetBSD on any
> platform. By stepping in with such a product, X Inside stands to win
> sales from hundreds or thousands of current users of NetBSD, in return
> for very little additional effort.
> I hope you will reconsider your decision to discontinue support for NetBSD, as I
> would very much like to use your Motif/CDE products, and look forward to future
> Jim Wise
> System Administrator
> GSAPP, Columbia University
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Do to the historical demand for commercial products for NetBSD. X
Inside has stop future development of NetBSD products. NetBSD is a good
product. I wish there was demand for commercial products for NetBSD.
Thank you for your interest in X Inside,
X Inside, Inc. "X Technology Specialists"
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