Subject: Re: Merging Net/Free/Open-BSD together against Linux
To: Jordan K. Hubbard <>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: port-i386
Date: 11/25/1998 10:24:53
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On Wed, 25 Nov 1998, Jordan K. Hubbard wrote:

: Hmmmm.  I don't recall you stopping by and talking to us FreeBSD folks
: at our booth just outside the Linux pavilion (a rather strategic
: location as it turns out, just as an FYI to any NetBSD folks
: contemplating a presence next year), but if you had we could have
: certainly presented you with a somewhat brighter picture for BSD than
: the one you evidently have.

Very nice.  Read on, as I have something on this point at bottom.

: I do not know what NetBSD's growth figures for the last year look
: like,

Probably not as astonishing as FreeBSD, but certainly much higher than in
NetBSD's years past.  Just the addition of the NetBSD-supported X and pkgsrc
distributions made for a large bit of added popularity.

On Wed, 25 Nov 1998, Robert Evans wrote:

: The best we can hope for is friendly cooperation, and I think to a
: large extent NetBSD and FreeBSD have achieved that over the last couple
: of years

And this is a good point that I'd like to link with trade shows above.

I know we have political differences, but if we can find people from each of
the free-source *BSD's out there, and maybe even someone from BSD/I to
represent the commercial factor, perhaps we can get a collective, or
neighboring, display/booth at some trade show?

This is pipe dream, of course, because I can see the colossal potential for
infighting in my head just as I write this.  Still, it would be a

-- Todd Vierling (Personal; Bus.