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[2]: Geeze...
by Ronald Vos on Thu 31st Aug 2006 20:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Geeze..."
Ronald Vos
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"so wouldn't it be best to merge with FreeBSD"


Could you at least elaborate a bit more?

It's been noted that NetBSD produces a lot of projects that benefit and are ported to the other BSDs, like PKGSRC.

But it's the kernel that's behind, and needs a lot of work to get to the same level as the other projects. And as noted by the linked memo, the organisation is sick, and won't encourage it.

Meanwhile the other worthwhile userland and driver projects by NetBSD can be transferred wholly to other projects (they're ported anyway), instead of remaining with what is described as an inefficient directionless organisation.

You'd only lose part of the portability (and FreeBSD seems to be catching up anyway), and if some of the NetBSD people would flee to FreeBSD, we might end up with less half-supported, half-buggy ports.

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RE[3]: Geeze...
by Soulbender on Fri 1st Sep 2006 02:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Geeze..."
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"Could you at least elaborate a bit more? "

I understodd it as the OP wanted both OpenBSD and NetBSD to merge with FreeBSD and for that there is no interest, as least not from OpenBSD.
As for only NetBSD to merge with FreeBSD, I dunno, I'm not part of that community.

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