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Re: Why did you choose DragonFly?

From: Robert Clark <robert_clark@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 18:50:25 -0700

I enjoyed working with pre Sys-V SunOS. I blame taking the C compiler out of the distro, the giving in to peer pressure to move to Sys-V, and the decade lost in the pipe dream of replacing Windows with platform-independent Java for the turning of Sun Microsystems into an overpriced chair for Larry.

FreeBSD had a similar syntax to SunOS, and 2.0.5R included a driver for my Adaptec 2940, where Slackware did not. (Downloading 240k chunks of OS to 1.2MB floppies, over 56k frame relay?)

FreeBSD-Questions was a great place to learn. (ftp.cdrom.com was impressive)

Around the time progress on soft updates began to slow, it became clear (to me at least) not much would happen with getting FreeBSD out from under the big giant lock. Watching various scheduler or other improvements get trampled by NIH, made it clear the bureaucracy was moribund, and it was time for a change.

The Walnut Creek / Wind River / BSDi crap did nothing to create good feelings either.

Matt's mythical connection with Dice, Backplane, and the fact that he's beholding to no one, all help to put the OS in a category by itself. I really don't know of any other principal architect/developer who is as active, responsive, technically progressive, or nice to chat with as Matt.

Variant symlinks <smile>. A filesystem with richer semantics than UFS? <grin>

Good stuff.

Back to lurking,

On Sep 20, 2010, at 12:33 PM, Samuel J. Greear wrote:

This mail is intended for the infrequent responders and lurkers on the
list just as much as the regular posters.

What has drawn you to use the DragonFly BSD operating system and/or
participate in its development by following this list? Technical
features, methodologies, something about the community? I suspect the
HAMMER filesystem to be the popular choice, but what other features
affect or do you see affecting your day to day life as an
administrator, developer, or [insert use case here], now or in the

Thanks in advance for your response.


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