Subject: Re: Feedback on the NetBSD WWW server
To: J.Josh Feng <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: David Brownlee <email@example.com>
Date: 05/22/1998 14:57:51
On Fri, 22 May 1998, J.Josh Feng wrote:
> As you can see, when you visit this web site, it runs
> NetBSD 1.2.1 on an old Intel 386/SX PC with 4 MB RAM.
Good to hear!
> It really works. I had tried to install FreeBSD at first,
> but the FreeBSD could not fit into this 4 MB machine. I
> had even tried OpenBSD with no better luck.
The NetSBD/vax FAQ site runs on a MicroVAX II, a machine with
probably less raw CPU than your '386:
It is important for NetBSD to work across the board, from the
least of machines right up to the largest Digital Alpha servers.
> Does NetBSD has higher coding standard than other 'free'
> BSD's? The OpenBSD boasts its emphosis on security. The
> FreeBSD surely has the best software resources so far.
NetBSD tries to emphasise correct design and well written code.
Examples include implementing a machine independant bus
infrastructure so a single driver can be shared across different
busses (such as PCI, EISA, Turbochannel), and across different
platforms (alpha, pmax, i386 etc), rather than writing and having
to maintain N x M different versions of the driver, each with
their own tweaks. It also means a new port just has to implement
its machine specific code to access the machine independant bus
infrastructure and all the relevant ahrdware device should Just
> The installation procedures for NetBSD 1.2.1 had some
> bugs, at least I had to move and modify some files around
> not exactly as described in the installation intructin.
> I am not sure how much it has improved in NetBSD 1.3.1.
> Since this web serve may be upgraded in the future, could
> you direct some information to me, so I would stick to
> NetBSD? Thank you very much.
The install procedure in NetBSD/i386 1.3 and later has been much
improved form the earlier versions. I believe it should still work
on 4MB machines, but possibly someone from the port-i386 list
could confirm this?
The 1.3.1 install notes are available as:
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