Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 16th Sep 2006 17:39 UTC
NetBSD BSD devcenter at onlamp.com has an interview with Charles M. Hannum, one of the creators of the NetBSD Project and the NetBSD Foundation, about the evolution of the project, funds management, problems with licenses and hardware documentation, the link with vendors, past and current mistakes, and what we can learn from the Linux development process.
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kwag
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2006-08-31

"FreeBSD is neither a fork of NetBSD nor is it able to run on many platforms, so what have you been smoking?"

Sorry, I should have been more specific!
I replied specifically to the statement:
"Can you imagine a BSD system that runs on just about every architecture with good driver support?"

And the combination of NetBSD, OpenBSD and FreeBSD fill that very nicely ;)
FreeBSD does run on several platforms:
http://www.freebsd.org/platforms/

* FreeBSD/alpha Project
* FreeBSD/amd64 Project
* FreeBSD/ARM Project
* FreeBSD/i386 Project
* FreeBSD/ia64 Project
* FreeBSD/MIPS Project
* FreeBSD/pc98 Project
* FreeBSD/ppc Project
* FreeBSD/sparc64 Project
* FreeBSD/xbox Project

BTW, I've been smoking BSDs since ~94 ;)

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Janizary Member since:
2006-03-12

But of those, how many are worth using? They have their tier system in place for a reason - only I386, AMD64, and sparc64 are real platforms for FreeBSD, not to mention xbox being just another random i386 box.

Alpha development has completely stopped, there will be nothing in or beyond 7.0. mips, pretty much a dead platform, likely heading the same way considering FreeBSD's reaction to Alpha's ceasing support.

On the whole, FreeBSD supports three platforms with any real focus - I am suprised really that PC-98 is in that group considering FreeBSD's position on outmoded platforms.

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