Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 31st Aug 2006 01:29 UTC, submitted by sequethin
NetBSD Charles Hannum, co-founder of NetBSD posted to 3 major BSD lists saying that "The NetBSD Project has stagnated to the point of irrelevance. It has gotten to the point that being associated with the project is often more of a liability than an asset. I will attempt to explain how this happened, what the current state of affairs is, and what needs to be done to attempt to fix the situation."
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RE: Geeze...
by eMagius on Thu 31st Aug 2006 13:41 UTC in reply to "Geeze..."
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Because OpenBSD and NetBSD are still very similar (and benefit greatly from code sharing) while FreeBSD is a much different beast.

That said, it wouldn't be the code or the operating system merging in either case, just moving developers from one project to another.

Frankly, since I didn't follow BSD before 2000 (ex-Linux user), I've never really seen the draw of NetBSD (apart from support for a few more esoteric platforms). OpenBSD supports well over a dozen architectures and moves forward at a steady clip; at this point, speaking objectively, the end-users would be better off with NetBSD developers contributing to OpenBSD than developing a seperate project.

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RE[2]: Geeze...
by kaiwai on Thu 31st Aug 2006 23:02 in reply to "RE: Geeze..."
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But with that being said, the NetBSD focus doesn't really fit into what OpenBSD is doing; OpenBSD is 'security at all costs' - atleast with the case of FreeBSD, sure, there is a focus on security, but use as a server, workstation, scalability, multiplatformness and lots of others are also focus's, something which NetBSD has alot more in commmon with than OpenBSD.

Some of the stuff that couldbe merged would be threading; from what I understand, the KSE model is complex and there is performance hits on non-x86 systems; there is a proposal to replace that (from the last quartly update), but if NetBSD already provides a logical replacement which is designed for multi-platformness by design, then why not utilise it?

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