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Date:      Mon, 18 Jul 2011 07:30:00 -0400
From:      Jerry <>
To:        FreeBSD <>
Subject:   Re: Lennart Poettering: BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore
Message-ID:  <20110718073000.29e89590@scorpio>
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On Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:47:24 +0700
C. Bergström articulated:

> I wish people would spend as much time solving problems in *BSD as
> they do trying to defend an irrelevant OS ;)

Personally, I wish they would spend more time in developing fully
functional wireless drivers as opposed to simply bumping the major
version number every 18 months +/-. I have two new laptops ion front of
me that I cannot use FBSD on simply because they don't support the
wireless (N class obviously) installed in them.

I simply refuse to purchase a machine to accommodate an OS; nor will I
attempt to change the wireless network card/chip for the same reason.

OK, now the usual group of "blame the manufacturers", blame Microsoft",
blame everyone else for the problem are free to chime in. I was
seriously considering hiring a professional programmer to write drivers
for devices for me; however, it was then I remembers something I
learned in business school, class 101. I weighted the cost of
developing the drivers as opposed to simply purchasing an OS that all
ready had those drivers readily available. Guess which was "many" times
cheaper? Cost analyses proved that developing my own drivers was not
cost effective.

I suggested several years ago, and I will re-suggest that FreeBSD start
a program that would allow programmers to be paid to write code that
either the regular contributors do not want to write or are not capable
of writing. Other OS's are currently working on that model. No one
would be forced to contribute. This would prove beneficial to everyone
and should satisfy both capitalist who don't mind paying for quality
products and socialist like Poly who want everything for nothing. It
would be a win-win situation.

With the advent of the next version of FBSD soon to be upon us,
this would be a propitious moment to start such a project. FBSD has
never been considered a dreadnought in the driver development field and
this might work to change that. At the very least, it would
create a brouhaha among others although the pigeon-livered average
FreeBSD user would probably abstain from support this project either
from a lack of need or indifference to others or basic socialist/fascist

Jerry ✌

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