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Date:      Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:27:33 +0000
From:      Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve@sohara.org>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: CUDA under FreeBSD
Message-ID:  <20171210202733.82d271c7b45a85f28b5ff46c@sohara.org>
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On Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:48:55 -0700
JD <jd1008@gmail.com> wrote:

> It seems (to me) that fbsd might be dropped altogether, and developers
> will not waste their time and talent on an OS that has a very very small
> installed base.

	People have been saying things like that about FreeBSD for the last
twenty years, it's still going strong.

	Developers spend time on FreeBSD because they want FreeBSD, they
don't really care how many other people want it as well so long as there
are enough people interested in developing it to keep it going and
improving.

	Companies like nVidia do care about market share, they know that if
they provide Linux support it will make a noticeable difference to their
sales but FreeBSD support probably won't.

	It seems very likely (but impossible to tell for sure) that the
installed base of FreeBSD is larger today than it was when ftp.cdrom.com
held the record for the busiest ftp site a couple of decades ago. However
the installed base of Linux is far larger than it was then (larger than the
installed base of any other OS if you include Android as a flavour of
Linux).

-- 
Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve@sohara.org>



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