Subject: Re: straw poll: build your own kernel?
To: None <>
From: None <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 11/01/2004 13:32:42
On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 16:52:19 EDT I posted the following to
the list, promising results today.  Here they are:

custom:  26
generic:  4

I received three other responses that did not say either "custom"
or "generic" in the subject line, but had discussion in the body
of the message.  Two were from the same person (the second message
being a follow-up to the first); both of the people who sent such
mail said in the body of the message that they use custom kernels.
So if you want to count hanging chads, call it 28 to 4.  Personally
I think 26 to 4 tells the story pretty much the same.

> I recently ran into someone who said he uses the GENERIC
> kernel on production systems, and this really surprised 
> me:  I've always built custom kernels.  Later I got to
> wondering which approach is more prevalent.  So I'd like
> to conduct an informal poll:  
> For those of you who use NetBSD in production environments,
> do you run GENERIC or build your own kernel?  For the sake
> of bandwidth I'd rather keep this off the list and summarize,
> so please express your opinion by sending mail to
> with a subject of either 'generic' or 'custom'.  I'll post
> a summary here on Nov. 1.
> (I'm asking people to reply off-list purely for the sake
> of signal-to-noise ratio:  I don't want to be the guy whose
> post generates dozens of essentially zero content messages
> to the list.  If people want to discuss _why_ they do it the
> way they do, I certainly wouldn't want to discourage that.)
> Thanks in advance,
> ---Carl Alexander