Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Sep 2009 22:38 UTC, submitted by EvilWells
Debian and its clones Developer Frans Pop, author of debtree, posted an article showing the evolution in size of the GNOME desktop environment in recent Debian releases. The picture he paints isn't particularly pretty: the default GNOME install has increased drastically in size over the years.
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RE[5]: Get off my lawn!
by cjst on Tue 8th Sep 2009 20:21 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Get off my lawn!"
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It looks just fine on my OBSD box, so why the hell should I need udev in linux or freebsd?


FreeBSD has a devfs which is quite a different beast from udev on Linux. With udev you have a tmpfs mounted on /dev and udev, a userland daemon, populates the /dev directory with whatever info the kernel sends it. It's fat, slows down boot time and there are the problems you mention with the ethernet cards amongst others. Devfs on the otherhand is in the kernel and is slimer, and orders of magnitude faster. Linux used to have a devfs (I used it full time, never had problems with it) but it was deprecated because the code was said to be hard to understand and no one wanted to fix the races devfs was said to have. Kroah-Hartmann's udev was chosen instead. And this guy said that devfs was flawed by design. Nevermind that devfs has zero problems on FreeBSD and Haiku for example. But udev does have one advantage, it doesn't rely anymore on the minor and major device number scheme. That makes it possible, according to Kroah-Hartmann, to plug-in much more devices which is needed because of USB etc... Bottom line let's wait and see when FreeBSD and Haiku run out of minor/major device numbers ^^

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