Subject: Re: FreeBSD Bus DMA
To: Hank <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: John S. Dyson <email@example.com>
Date: 06/11/1998 19:43:31
> On Thu, 11 Jun 1998, John S. Dyson wrote:
> >Perry E. Metzger said:
> <snip about flying off the handle>
> >> HOWEVER, my point still stands. I believe claims of improved
> >> performance when I see reproduceable benchmarks. I believe claims of
> >> portability when I see a port. I *know* that NetBSD's code ports well,
> >> because we spent years beating on it until it would. FreeBSD hasn't
> >> finished one port from its original architecture. I would like to see
> >> justification for claims of performance and portability -- not
> >> theoreticals.
> >Does that mean that the FreeBSD development should move forward,
> >and then when we have reproduceable benchmarks on FreeBSD, then
> >you can choose to adopt our code, or leave it be?
> Not nessiacrly. NetBSD and FreeBSD have different goals. FreeBSD strives
> to be the best for x86 platforms. NetBSD strives to be good on every
> possibal platform. Although we would like to be best on all of them
> reality hits, and once in a while we choose to be "less" in some way on
> some platform so that we are portable to everything. This is what
> everyone was saying in the flame fest that we have all seen. Different
> goal, so we do have to be different.
FreeBSD will also have the Alpha as a priority. It will happen,
and there is no reason debate it.
> Remember that FreeBSD still only supports one architecture. While it has
> undergone some revisions over the years, there are some BIG portibility
> problems that we will uncover that won't effect FreeBSD. Do not let
> NetBSD's goals prevent you from moving forward. Do not let a desire to
> move forward distract you from the issues NetBSD discovers - they may hit
> you in next years model.
I agree, but arrogance is a feature that I hope that FreeBSD never
adopts from NetBSD.
John | Never try to teach a pig to sing,
firstname.lastname@example.org | it just makes you look stupid,
email@example.com | and it irritates the pig.