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Re: Merging Net/Free/Open-BSD together against Linux
On 26-Nov-98 Wes Peters wrote:
> Jordan K. Hubbard wrote:
>> I'd go further in saying that, for all intents and purposes, it's hard
>> enough to be considered essentially impossible. Perhaps if someone of
>> unimpeachable moral authority like Kirk McKusick were to lead, people
>> would follow, otherwise I can't see any credible candidates amongst
>> the current core superset.
> I remain thoroughly unconvinced that merging Free/Net/OpenBSD back
> into one mega-project provides additional value to the customer. One
> of the strengths of the BSD world right now is that we have three
> projects creating BSD software with a different focus: performance,
> portability, and security, which frequently cross-pollinate each
Divide and Conquer ye mean Wes?
Aye, I have to agree and disagree with that argument. Indeed every `camp'
focuses on different aspects and I guess that's what kept *BSD so strong in
these times... But I think we need some more co-ordination on `standardising'
some of the kernel specifics and sources. Why re-invent the wheel when we could
spend our time looking at other interesting things to pursue?
> As long as we can keep the groups sharing device drivers, applications,
> utilities and such, there is no overriding need for them to share a
> common kernel.
But there could be made some sort of effort of deciding on some common naming
for controllers and devices and all that sort of things...
> I agree it would be a good idea to share marketing efforts between
> the groups to some extent, to tell the world how and why BSD is a
> better solution, and to tell the world about the open, usable BSD
> licensing model. This doesn't, however, mean we NEED an grand
> unified FreeOpenNetBSD kernel.
Indeed we don't need a `big' kernel...
However the other point ye raised is exactly what I proposed on advocacy a
while ago. Some sort of banner, let's say, the BSD ring: FreeBSD, NetBSD,
OpenBSD (and mayhaps even picoBSD later on).
Jeroen Ruigrok van der Werven/Asmodai
asmodai(at)wxs.nl | Cum angelis et pueris,
Junior Network/Security Specialist | fideles inveniamur
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