Subject: Re: We have an image problem...
To: Jeremy C. Reed <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: netbsd-advocacy
Date: 01/08/2005 01:49:48
On Fri, 7 Jan 2005, Jeremy C. Reed wrote:
> The goal is to get them to print a friendly letter to the editor in an
> upcoming magazine.

IC... that's good too, go for it! :)

What I wrote to Mr. Torvalds was along the lines that we are targetting 
NetBSD as a scalable & portable system that works well on common and 
"other" architectures, both old and new. It would be nice if he could 
recognize the fact that NetBSD has more to offer than just "being secure" 
or "being usable" (user friendly?). I explicitly didn't comment on the 
splitting into various BSD versions.

The reply I got(!) was that he had the impression that we send people who 
want easy installation off to FreeBSD, pointing out that our priorities 
are elsewhere. Looking at the various non-i386 install routines, there 
may be a point in the second statement, IMHO.

As a side note, he commented that we should give up the "make World" 
approach to prevent having "lots of projects" all in one tree, which isn't 
necessary. I guess I'll have to read the answer a few more times to 
understand the real point, but if so may hint at the fact that NetBSD is a 
rather small OS that can be extended to whatever one wants with pkgsrc, 
not a bloated have-it-all Linux distribution...

  - Hubert

NetBSD - Free AND Open!      (And of course secure, portable, yadda yadda)