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Re: Comments on pkgsrc and DragonFly

From: Francois Tigeot <ftigeot@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2011 10:05:59 +0100


On Fri, Jan 07, 2011 at 11:39:54PM -0500, Stephane Russell wrote:
> Hi, thanks for your reply, which I read carefully.

You're welcome.

> Logically, I think that if a system is not defining "BSD", than it's
> simply not a BSD, it's a BSD fork at most.

BSD has been dead since the nineties. Nothing to see here, move along.

> Yes, not that a problem, but some common tag would useful here too, when
> possible. Also, like you say, Darwin is considered a BSD, but this
> doesn't say much. It tells that BSD like code "might" compile.

There is no "BSD like" code; it varies on a case-by-case basis.
Part of the problem with porting is software checking for platform
names whereas it should be looking for features.

> NetBSD's
> pkgsrc, FreeBSD's popularity and Linux's widespread innovations, might
> be the only things keeping some similarities between the BSD forks.

Code/feature sharing is happening.
I feel there is more similarity between recent *BSD and Linux systems
than between old proprietary Unices from the 80s.

> So at most, BSD forks can only be used seriously as strong servers. That's
> how I'm using dfly.

FUD. All my desktop systems have been running on FreeBSD or DragonFly for
more than 10 years.
Sometimes the lack of a good Microsoft Word alternative is a bit painful,
but with LibreOffice now unleashed, there's a good chance this matter
will be resolved relatively quickly.

Francois Tigeot

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