Subject: Re: chucks and old hardware (Re: NetBSD logo design competition)
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.org, netbsd-users@NetBSD.org>
From: Michael G. Schabert <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 01/16/2004 10:31:42
>When developer time is spent getting a 2MHz machine to run well
>when it would be spent better getting current machines and new
>features in, then obscurity takes away from the project.
I must disagree here, mainly because you're considering all developer
time to be "pooled NetBSD time" when it isn't. If a developer is
interested in adding support for some obscure ancient system, then
that's what he's excited about & what he's going to be devoting his
personal resources to. If NetBSD didn't want him to work on that,
NetBSD couldn't then say "But why don't you add support to this new
MoBo that you don't even care about instead." It's not like a company
where he's being paid to work on what the company decides...he'll
work on what he's interested in, as will anyone else.
Each port has different people working on it...some may be very
qualified on that particular port, knowing, for instance, assembly
for a particular CPU architecture, which won't necessarily translate
to being adept helping some different port or project.
Just my thoughts,
BTW, anyone familiar with i386 know which version of NetBSD I should
try to throw onto a Hyundai Neuron 425SLC laptop (486, 25 MHz, 2MB
RAM, 116MB HD, floppy). Any chance that much RAM could run an X
server (16 shade grey screen).
Bikers don't *DO* taglines.