Subject: Re: changing to NetBSD, still not quite sure... :-/
To: Christian Baer <>
From: Andrew Doran <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 10/28/2007 22:51:15
On Sun, Oct 28, 2007 at 11:22:17PM +0100, Christian Baer wrote:

> Also, there was a statement, that NetBSD didn't perform as well on some
> plattforms (i386 was named there) because of the portable nature of the
> OS, many plattform-optimations could not be used if NetBSD was to remain
> as portable as it is. This discussion I followed in a German newsgroup
> shortly before NetBSD 2.0 was released. Is this really the case?

That's nonsense. Platform specific optimizations can have a large impact
(and do in NetBSD) but they are made at the platform level. There have been
numerous benchmarks over the last ~5 years showing that NetBSD excels on
many workloads. Our focus on the embedded market and the number of users
playing with old machines means that the core has to be efficient.

With any luck NetBSD 5.0 and its successors will continue to upset others
enough that they feel compelled to make such statements. :-)