Subject: Re: NetBSD used in SuSE 8.0
To: Hubert Feyrer <>
From: Andy R <>
List: netbsd-advocacy
Date: 08/17/2002 09:10:33
--- Hubert Feyrer
<> wrote:
> On Sat, 17 Aug 2002, Andy R wrote:
> > I got suckered into Debian by sort of a Linux
> idealist
> > at work. It's OK, but I think next time I'd go
> with
> > SuSE. Might as well support one that is tied in
> with
> > the BSD community in some way. Makes me feel
> better.
> How is SuSE tied in with the BSD community?

Because nobody forces them to advertise that they use
BSD code (not even the license requires them to do
what they do), yet they do it anyway.


If you do not trust Linux, have a look at OpenBSD [5].
A few years ago the NetBSD distribution was checked
for security problems line for line. More than 10
programmers are busy searching for security problems.
A comparison of the amount and quality of messages
regarding security problems under Unix (and of course
Windows) variants reveals that OpenBSD is the
undisputed winner. The snag? For one thing, the amount
of software. The complete OpenBSD software does not
even fill on CD. Everything else needs to be
integrated in the system through so-called ports or
imported by the user - without having being checked
for security. The other problem is that the code basis
is BSD, and due to the Linux rush the BSD platforms
are not longer a strategic target for the software
industry. But still, OpenBSD has a good reputation
among security experts. OpenBSD is the right solution
for security-dependent servers which do not run
outlandish software.

They don't have to put stuff like this on their site,
yet they do. I know this is not all NetBSD specific,
but it's BSD nonetheless. I appreciate this. They know
that some of us are going to have to use Linux, so
they court us the right way: By acknowledging us and
even touting features. It's not much, but it's enough
for me.


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