Subject: Re: Changing to NetBSD
To: None <>
From: Christian Baer <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 10/24/2007 11:15:13
On Tue, 23 Oct 2007 10:11:58 -0400 Brian A. Seklecki wrote:

>> - Firefox & Thunderbird, both 2.x
> I saw inprecidented reliability of FF2x on FreeBSD 6.2/i386.  I see
> increased instability (core dumps, seg faults) on NetBSD/amd64.

That isn't really something we should be comparing. I imagine that Firefox
will run just as stable on NetBSD/i386 as it does on the same hardware
with FreeBSD. How does FreeBSD/amd64 compare to NetBSD/amd64? I think that
would be the couple to look at. Or better still, because in my case
relevant: FreeBSD/sparc64 vs. NetBSD/sparc64

>> - some IM client (either Pidgin or Kopete)
> Pidgin is rock solid on amd64, although it is the most-servile,
> wretched, abject incarnation of the gaim project.

We are talking NetBSD here though. BTW. Why are you using amd64 as a
reference for sparc64?

> 2.x requires Java to build.  Both are flagged for-i386-only.


> I will pay for functional OO2.x and Java on amd64, if someone wants to
> ballpark the man hours to make i386 linux emulation work on amd64

I suppose that means, that Flash doesn't work on NetBSD either, or at
least only under i386?

> Oh and I'll double up for Evolution and gFTP.

Not sure I'll be using that. So far, I have lived a very happy life
without it. :-)