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Re: Regarding the ULTRIX and OSF1 compats

On 2019-03-16 10:24, Maxime Villard wrote:
Le 16/03/2019 à 10:12, Johnny Billquist a écrit :
On 2019-03-16 09:45, Maxime Villard wrote:
Le 16/03/2019 à 06:23, John Nemeth a écrit :

      By any chance, have you seen our About page:
http://www.netbsd.org/about/ ?  The second paragraph reads thus:

One of the primary focuses of the NetBSD project has been to make
the base OS highly portable. This has resulted in NetBSD being
ported to a large number of hardware platforms. NetBSD is also
interoperable, implementing many standard APIs and network protocols,
and emulating many other systems' ABIs.

Emulating other systems is fundamental to what NetBSD is about.

This is a really simplistic answer. It is not difficult to see that our
website does not reflect reality at all.

So, what is the reality then, in your opinion?

The reality is that our compat layers are largely unmaintained and broken.
One would have to be very dumb to believe that this constitutes a USP.

But that don't necessarily make the webpage incorrect. The question then is what we do when something is broken.

If the answer is that we remove the code, then indeed, the whole webpage is incorrect, and we should change it to state that we do not try to be interoperable, implementing many standard APIs, or care about other platforms.

Else we should instead fix broken code, and keep the statements on the web-page.

Just saying that something is broken does not really answer what NetBSD is about.


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