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Re: Definition of NetBSD users
> 1) An old Cobalt RaQ2. Yes Debian works on it, but
> was constantly breaking.
> After having to reinstall it for the 5th time I switched
> it to NetBSD.
> That was my first taste of it.
> 2) Alphas. I'm a self-proclaimed Alpha whore.
> Yes, they're old. Yes, they
> chew power like there's no tomorrow and exercise my AC unit
> until its
> breaking point. But they run, and run, and run.
> With the impending death
> of Tru64, the fact that Linux/Alpha doesn't even have a
> glibc maintainer,
> and the fact that FreeBSD dropped Alpha, NetBSD was the
> most logical choice.
> This was yet another taste of NetBSD.
> I can safely say that my exposure to NetBSD on those
> less-popular platforms
> have made me start using NetBSD on more popular ones
> (AMD64, ultrasparc,
> etc). So in a way the less popular architectures
> helped increase usage of
> the more popular ones.
I think that it's not overnight that NetBSD will because an OS oriented user's,
knowing that NetBSD, behind two others system FreeBSD and GNU/Linux that for
exceeds the NetBSD on the side , we should reflect on the way that can be a
desktop system without becoming like Ubuntu and here I'm entirely ok with
However it would be interesting to study more closely the raison that make the
success of FreeBSD and GNU/Linux by the side of newbie and pressed administrator
I noticed that GNU/Linux et FreeBSD have specialized teams, some GNU/Linux
distributions done investigation in close of newbie about the usability of
desktop with the reset of the system. I 'm not a specialist of the subject but
i think that we must establish goals before thinking to design a NetBSD Desktop
a- Create groups of maintainer specialized and dedicated to take care of
famous Desktop (GNOME, KDE, ...) and offer applications (Multimedia, ...) for
that a create a new maintainer pkgsrc.gnome
http://pkgsrc.se/bbmaint.php?maint=pkgsrc.gnome@gmail, to regroup all the gnome
packages which are not imported to pkgsrc
b- reflect on the manere to desgin NetBSD Desktop adaptable with NetBSD
c- there a Desktop applications depend of GNU/Linux technology if we find them
why we don't change them with NetBSD proper technology (NetBSD/usermode,
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