Subject: Re: Linux and FreeBSD support (was Re: RealAudio)
To: Dave Burgess <>
From: John F. Woods <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/01/1997 08:29:04
> If we
> had followed it up with the kind of advocacy that the Linux zealots
> have always produced, NetBSD would be a more commonly used system.

Maybe we should start bombarding USENET newsgroups with "NetBSD is better
than Amiga/Macintosh/what-have-you" mindless flames.  Just recycle the old
articles posted by MS-DOS groupies -- as near as I can tell, when they all
became Linux groupies, they kept posting exactly the same articles, with
MS-DOS scratched out and Linux written in in crayon...

> we can't afford to advertise, which means we don't get the
> installed base which makes it so we don't have to advertise any more.

I have seen banner ads for FreeBSD on Yahoo.  (Believe it or not!)  Are
they just rolling in dough from various CD manufacturers, or are they getting
a lower rate as a charitable-type organization?  (Or maybe they're just not
buying many impressions, they certainly don't pop up with the same regularity
as MS ads do...)

Maybe this is a good reason to add the Java executable hooks to NetBSD:  use
the Java VM as the NetBSD ANDF...  (I think the idea of Java as a portable
distribution mechanism has been floated by some Java advocates, not even with
reference to free UNIX systems.)