Subject: Re: your mail
To: Greg Lehey <>
From: Jeroen Ruigrok/Asmodai <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/20/1999 07:32:59
On 20-Apr-99 Greg Lehey wrote:
> On Monday, 19 April 1999 at 17:44:22 -0700, Jonathan Stone wrote:
>>> Maybe we need to consider a bit of marketing ourselves and advertise
>>> ourselves as "Free-NetBSD" or "Open-NetBSD".  "Multi-platform-FreeBSD"
>>> probably wouldn't set to well with our FreeBSD brothers, but it seems
>>> to

No, please stick with the NetBSD name =)

>> Makes me think is if the world knows about Linux, and FreeBSD, and
>> that's it.
>:-)  On the FreeBSD-advocacy list, they say the same thing, but omit
> FreeBSD.

And the Linux lists talk about how the world knows Windows and not Linux...
Funny how perspective changes when the OS/userbase gets bigger and more
accepted ;)
>> But it gets kinda weird when people extoll the virtues of
>> Linux on vaxes. (NB: Linux doesn't run on vaxes; NetBSD again).

Marketing hype, those fools will account Linux for even every powerfailure
after installation...

>> The take-home lesson seems to be that NetBSD's brand-name recognition
>> is way, way below most people's radar horizons (One might say that's a
>> failing of Core, but then it doesn't seem to have been a real
>> priority).  But since NetBSD is not _known_, it doesn't get mentioned
>> (or gets incorreclty identified). Which becomes a vicious circle.

Well, at least I will try to squeeze a NetBSD box in at work, alongside 
our FreeBSD boxen, just for the kicks and spread of name...

> I think there's a lot of merit in a *BSD effort.  We're doing some of
> that in Daemon News, but the advocacy efforts keep very much to
> themselves.  I don't have a real good idea how to change that, but I
> would be very happy if somebody would.  Possibly the USENIX release of
> CDs for FreeBSD, Linux, NetBSD and OpenBSD (alphabetical order, in
> case anybody cares) would be a good starting point.

And the upcoming Dutch con somewhere in November, I'll keep you all

And the way the *BSD efforts are going they tend to maintain their effort,
it may not be much, but it's there and the quality is quite high...

Jeroen Ruigrok van der Werven                asmodai(at)
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