Subject: Re: Community Issues ** LONG **
To: Joel Reicher <>
From: Kenneth D. Merry <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 02/22/1999 14:38:48
Joel Reicher wrote...
> > I think the issue of Sun wanting *any* OS to run on their hardware should
> > be viewed from the perspective of hardware sales.  They're interested in
> > selling more hardware, and if they think that getting FreeBSD running on
> > Sparc hardware will do it, they'll support it.  It's just like all of the
> > work that Intel does to cook up new uses for its processors.  Intel wants
> > to drive hardware sales, so they try to make sure that as much software as
> > possible runs on their chips.
> This is not intrinsically a bad thing. If the software usage benefits us,
> what does it matter that the hardware usage would benefit Sun? As long as
> their profit is not our loss, I don't see a problem.
> Maybe I've misunderstood and you weren't actually implying it's a bad thing. :)

I wasn't implying that it's a bad thing.  Just that that's the way things
work, and that's why companies like Sun or Intel would be interested in
NetBSD, FreeBSD or Linux running on their hardware.

Kenneth Merry