Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 23rd Jun 2005 18:11 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews One of my popular articles shortly after I joined OSNews in 2001 proved to be "the big *BSD interview" and so it is only appropriate to end my serving at OSNews with a similar theme. Today we are very happy to host a Q&A with well-known FreeBSD developers John Baldwin, Robert Watson and Scott Long. We discuss about FreeBSD 6 and its new features, the competition, TrustedBSD, Darwin etc.
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FreeBSD 6 and scalability
by slash on Thu 23rd Jun 2005 20:28 UTC

I thought the interview was mostly worthless. There are countless real questions people want real answers to that were not asked. These are questions I would like the FreeBSD team to answer:

1) When will they replace the installer?
2) How come SMP is taking so long? Is the light at the end of the tunnel near? How much longer until Big Giant Lock is removed?
3) Do they find anything interesting from Linux, Solaris, or DragonFlyBSD's SMP approach? Where do they expect FreeBSD to excel when compared to these other projects?
4) What possible short comming do they see in their approach to SMP? How scalable will their OS become?
5) Why has 5 proven so troublesome? Where is 6 in terms of SMP and stability?
6) How is the code quality? Are there plans to revisit things later on and simplify/fix things? Are junior developers involved in cleaning up code?

I love the FreeBSD project so I don't mean to put them down with these questions. I just am so confused as to where the entire project is.