Linked by David Adams on Mon 7th Mar 2011 17:55 UTC
FreeBSD "How long have you been using FreeBSD. Months? Years? Decades? And you love using it because of whatever reason but at the same time you're feeling a bit guilty to use it all for free without giving anything back? Well now you'll have the chance to change that. We at FreeBSD are always in need of new people who are willing to spare some of their time and effort into FreeBSD development."
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RE: maybe its the license
by fithisux on Tue 8th Mar 2011 20:30 UTC in reply to "maybe its the license"
fithisux
Member since:
2006-01-22

I wonder if the lack of development is a product of their license choices. While I don't fault them for their choice, I wonder if it is a barrier to growth. Back in the day before Linux was mainstream, they seemed to have a lot of momentum. Now it seems like most development happens on Linux. Gentoo even uses the same type of package structure. Maybe its time to rethink the future?


Contrary to other opinions I agree with you. What I also see as a big talent drain is the Linuxulator. They should have dropped the Linux emulator layer. There is a lot of OSS that is not closed and has value. Finally I believe they should focus on bringing new tech inside. Apple has published a lot of code and unfortunately the FreeBSD project did nothing to incorporate it. IOKit is a very big tool along with older XFree/IOKit bindings. I also believe that they should focus more on uKernel designs, revamp DDE-Freebsd and embrace Clang. At least they could spin off a BSD-NG design with all the above fresh tech and co-operate closely with Haiku and IllumOS.

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RE[2]: maybe its the license
by ruinevil on Wed 9th Mar 2011 02:19 in reply to "RE: maybe its the license"
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2009-01-08

LLVM/clang support is in the works, since they can only ship an ancient version of GPLv2 gcc in their base. Because of this mplayer-svn does not compile.

The other things you asked of would need significant manpower, and would be better served by forking and rewriting everything. Rewriting everything tends to create a new set of bugs though. The first few iterations would suck.

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RE[3]: maybe its the license
by Oliver on Wed 9th Mar 2011 08:56 in reply to "RE[2]: maybe its the license"
Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

Wrong, it just means newer gcc versions aren't in the base, but in ports. So many ports are using already newer gcc versions to use different optimizations, like ffmpeg, x264 etc.

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