Anyone interested in ARCNET, Token Ring, FDDI, HIPPI, Strip network code?

Mark Linimon linimon at
Tue Jan 14 21:50:08 CST 2020

On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 11:34:00AM -0800, Al Kossow via cctalk wrote:
> Goose step to the monoculture

Apparently you don't understand that "maintaining software requires

If you want to make changes to e.g. a kernel then there are things that
have to get changed to keep in sync.  Someone (TM) has to do the work.

And if you *don't* make changes to your kernel, then you fall behind on:
performance, running on newer systems (think ACPI, EFI), multi-core,
NUMA, and so on and so forth.  You simply become irrelevant for anything
that people can *actually buy new*.

IIUC the NetBSD folks are as understaffed as the FreeBSD folks are in
terms of keeping "the union of all things that ever ran" working.

FreeBSD has abandoned its old slogan because it was deemed too rude,
but in this case, let's bring it back for a moment:

  "Shut up and code".

(yes, you have hit a nerve.)


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