Subject: Re: NetBSD being used as the core for secure OS distro
To: Shane M. Coughlan <>
From: Richard Rauch <>
List: netbsd-advocacy
Date: 09/25/2003 22:29:15

Since this message was cross-posted to multiple lists (please don't do that; it
shows up as duplicate postings on the web-interface), I'm taking the opportunity
to put it where I thought that it belongs.

Here's my perspective:

 * Nice idea.  Do you intend to sell your OS, or will it be available for download?
   Or is it just a convenient packaging for your uses & users?

 * I think that it's an abuse of the English language to use the word "minimal"
   to describe any system including either KDE or OpenOffice.  Though if you
   desire to include them, far be it from me to question your choice.  I just
   wouldn't call it a "minimal" system.

 * I'm not sure where you got the impression that NetBSD is an academic system.
   It's not as *popular* as some other systems, and it pursues goals that to the
   average i386 user may seem abstract ("portability? what good is that? everyone's
   using an i386!").

 * I've used Knoppix.  I don't think that it installed.  It just let you run some
   variety of GNU/LINUX off of a CD, much like Hubert's (I think) NetBSD Live!
   CD.  Have you looked at that for a comparison?

  "I probably don't know what I'm talking about."