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BSDs to be Merged

CmdrTaco posted more than 11 years ago | from the its-about-time dept.

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A dæmon writes "According to Daily Daemon News and The FreeBSD Diary, NetBSD, FreeBSD and GNU/OpenBSD are to be merged. Read the full story here." This is a good thing since one of the two BSDs clearly sucked, and the other was clearly superior.

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BSD rules, Fuck linux, CLIT FP (-1)

Sexual Asspussy (453406) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639480)

The Iraqi "army" (that lovable, rag-tag gang of uniformed special forces and plainclothes civilians with AK-47s) has spent the past week fighting dirty. They are not following the new rules of war: humane treatment of prisoners, uniformed service, conventions of surrender, et cetera. No no. Iraqis are fighting this one old-school: anything goes, and their wonderfully simple goal is to kill as many Coalition forces as possible, by any means necessary.

Well, I'd like to suggest the US and the rest of the Global Beatdown Squad return to their Barbarian roots, and effect a new strategy: Kill every male over 14 in Iraq.



Think about it. Our family, friends, cousins and countrymen are stepping into a hornet's nest the likes of which has not been seen since Vietnam. To worsen the matter, the enemy is not above breaking any good-faith conventions in order to lure GIs to their sandy grave.

They are breaking the rules of the Game. They checked their moral character at the door; they neither ask for nor deserve pity.

Then why do we coddle them, nagging and pleading them to surrender and limiting our territorial prospects with "surgical strikes"? They are not coddling us. They are beckoning us towards their taxicab and blowing us apart with searing-hot shrapnel. They are flying a white flag and opening fire when we get close enough.

I'll put it this way: Every male fifteen years old or above in Iraq must be killed.

Americans are not safe in Iraq until the entire country is either peaceful by choice, or (in the case of the Iraqi "military") peaceful by force. The Coalition is fighting a clean war, making an effort to avoid civilian casualties and honestly hoping for nothing more than a cease-fire and a clean transfer of power.

Yet these Iraqi bastards stop at nothing to spill American blood. There is only one solution; it has been considered generally unpalatable for several hundred years, but there is no doubting its effectiveness.

Kill the men.

We need not rape and enslave the women and children. In order to ensure a future for a stable Iraq, we must allow their lives to remain as unchanged as possible. This is why we need only kill fightworthy males.

What if Iraqi troops attempt to surrender, when they see half the men in the country dead in a trench? They too must die, for only by holding to a strict discipline may we win this war with honor and dignity.

During the new Iraq's reconstruction, the Coalition could pay to fly eligible males to Iraq for free, along with their possessions. There would surely be a worldwide rush to accomodate the naturally-beautiful Iraqi women.

In conclusion, Iraq has rolled the clock back hundreds of years on the etiquette of warfare. It is both morally justified and militarily correct to reciprocate, and when I ask myself "What would Attila do?", the answer is to totally exterminate of the Iraqi adult male.

ha ha ha ha (2, Informative)

davejenkins (99111) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639489)

ha ha ha ha ha ha

what more can be said?

Hey Everyone (0, Redundant)

ewithrow (409712) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639490)

Happy April Fools day!

Hey dumbass (0, Troll)

YoJaUta (67458) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639492)

Why don't you post another FUNNY story about THAT EVIL BIT !!!!!!!!!!!

IT'S GODDAMN HIGH-LARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!

CmdrTaco is such an idiot.

I recognise this tone of voice... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639667)

CmdrTaco is such an idiot. Where have I heard this before. Oh no! This evil bit isn't part of an RFC: it's a new RFC-creating VIRUS!!! It's everywhere, appended to every sentance I complete! I knew somthing was suspicious about CmdrTaco's grammar... All his grammar was perfect; on April 1st! This RFC virus is spreading fast! ...completing all sentances, damn! College students will be passing english! Look at the poster's sentance for GOD's sake! CmdrTaco is such an idiot. There it is! - - - - / A sentance limiter! The RFC virus! NO!!! The trolls will be ruined! The *BSD is Dying troll will have more correct grammar than the preachers at a casket ceremony at netcraft; because it is confirmed...the *BSD IS DYING trolls are...dying!

Hi All (1, Funny)

IMarvinTPA (104941) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639493)

I think that that BSD is the best.
How about you?

IMarv

Re:Hi All (2, Funny)

madfgurtbn (321041) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639578)

Me too. I'm glad they are going to un-fork the BSD's. It will help level the playing field for all Unices; it's both pro-active, synergistic, and good.

Re:Hi All (1)

Vinson Massif (88315) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639626)

So if I understand this, the two BSDs will be spooning.

April 1st? (0, Redundant)

Leimy (6717) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639496)

HEHEH :)

ROTFLMAO (1)

GeckoX (259575) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639497)

That's too fsking funny!
Good one Taco.
Yeah, go on, admit it...you fell for that one ;)

Never trust the Taco (2, Interesting)

DaHat (247651) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639499)

From this day forward... I will never listen to a single word CmdrTaco says or posts.

why now?! (2, Funny)

mekkab (133181) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639599)

I mean, the other 364 days a year wasn't enough? ;)

in other news... (0, Offtopic)

ezs (444264) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639500)

/. becomes a meta-repository (or should that be suppository) for all other 4/1 spoofs on the web...

Re:in other news... (1)

SweetAndSourJesus (555410) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639677)

Well, since slashdot is a meta-site on the other 364 days of the year, doesn't this sort of make sense?

I wish... (1)

stev3 (640425) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639502)

I wish this would happen... but nooooo, /. has to go and get my hopes up, then I finally remember "Oh yeah! It's April 1st!" and I go slinking back to my bed...

Whatever /.

Re:I wish... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639557)

ummm.. even if it did happen it wouldn't change the fact that BSD is dead.

Please let me fail it (-1)

pantaweenis (660198) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639503)

I yearn to be showered in a hail of vomitus!!12 I WANT TO FAIL IT someone help me, please

YOU ASKED FOR IT, BITCH!!!!!! (-1)

I VOMIT ON FAILURES! (652124) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639571)

*BAAAAARF!!!!!* Oh, and CmdrTaco, your attempt at April 1 slashhumor is a miserable, pathetic failure (just like your site, actually).

April Fools ends at noon, right? (1, Insightful)

WatertonMan (550706) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639504)

April Fools Day ends at noon. OR so I'd always been told. This story posted at 11:59 so I guess it'll be OK.

Re:April Fools ends at noon, right? (1)

DirkDaring (91233) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639517)

Thank god.

Re:April Fools ends at noon, right? (1)

rootofevil (188401) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639537)

your parents & teachers just told you that to keep you from pulling stupid shit all day.

Re:April Fools ends at noon, right? (1)

idfrsr (560314) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639543)

Actually it doesn't end until Midnight....

now don't you feel like the April Fool =)

Re:April Fools ends at noon, right? (1)

drunk_as_in_beer (661124) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639596)

April Fools Day ends at noon. OR so I'd always been told. This story posted at 11:59 so I guess it'll be OK.

Actually, what Slashdot did last year was do this April Fools day crap until midnight.. but in the last timezone to still be in April 1st. That means you're probably going to see this continue until sometime tommorrow.

Re:April Fools ends at noon, right? (1)

SerpentMage (13390) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639702)

I know exactly what you mean. It just gets plain silly.... It seems to me these days April Fools jokes are simply not that interesting or funny.

For example the story about the guy who traveled back in a time machine to make X millions from 800 USD would have been much better. Ok it was not broadcast on April's fool, but at least that had you wondering... true or not true....

With BSD's merge because other sucked... Well you could see that one coming a mile away...

What would have been more interesting is an April fools joke that builds up. You know makes some announcements before the day and then pops the big one on the day....

Re:April Fools ends at noon, right? (1)

insecuritiez (606865) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639611)

That's an interesting theory since this article was posted at 1:59 PM.

Where in the world (2, Funny)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639722)

As I write this it is 14:24 EST, so that means that Anchorage (Alaska,USA) has not to got to mid-day yet. Nor has San Francisco for that matter. So until there are no 12 noons left on 1st April 2003, then April fools has still got some fight left.

bring on the flames (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639505)

This is a good thing since one of the two BSDs clearly sucked, and the other was clearly superior.

i so wish this were posted on some other day. can you imagine the comments?

I hate April First (3, Insightful)

haplo21112 (184264) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639509)

This year has been worse than most, so many of the stories are soooooo....obviously fake.....

Re:I hate April First (1)

Soul-Burn666 (574119) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639668)

It was obvious last year aswell.. tho there weren't any qupes (quad dupes) then...

FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639510)

Fp

How many times? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639513)

How many times you gonna post this story dipshit?

I agree, clearly one WAS superior... (2, Funny)

Bradee-oh! (459922) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639514)

And the superior one no doubt implemented RFC 3514 [rfc-editor.org]

This can only be a good thing, for keeping the inferior BSD in compliance with the newest standards...

Merged BSD is Dying (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639515)

You heard it here first.

have you heard about the RFC for the evil bit? (4, Funny)

EnderWiggnz (39214) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639516)

its really important, and i dont understand why slashdot isnt posting it.

read the whitepaper here [rfc-editor.org]

i'm going to kee this up until slashdot posts about the evil bit.

Re:have you heard about the RFC for the evil bit? (1, Funny)

capnjack41 (560306) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639572)

mod parent informative plz!

Evidence that CmdrTaco can't count! (1)

carl67lp (465321) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639524)

"This is a good thing since one of the two BSDs clearly sucked, and the other was clearly superior." And yet there are three BSDs mentioned... Hmm...maybe he honestly thought he only posted the evil bit story once!

Re:Evidence that CmdrTaco can't count! (1)

poot_rootbeer (188613) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639580)

And yet there are three BSDs mentioned...

YHBT. YHL. HANAFD.

Re:Evidence that CmdrTaco can't count! (1)

xanadu-xtroot.com (450073) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639617)

And yet there are three BSDs mentioned...

Hmmm...

Free
Open
Net


And which does Apple use? And what OS has Taco seemed to have switched to?

That leaves only two that "suck".

Hey, CmdrTaco... (4, Funny)

_PimpDaddy7_ (415866) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639529)

Pass me some of whatever shit your smoking, I definitely want some...

RoxyGuy [roxyguy.com]

Re:Hey, CmdrTaco... (5, Funny)

e2d2 (115622) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639726)

I prefer weed myself. Smoking shit never really caught on in my neck of the woods.

But .. (5, Funny)

hygelic (181078) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639530)

will it support the new IPv4 "Evil Bit" ?

Re:But .. (1)

BMonger (68213) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639616)

I've been a sysadmin/web guru/programmer/kernel hacker for 2.3 billion years! I know nothing of this "evil bit" you speak of! It either doesn't exist or isn't well known of... so who cares!?

Where is the [Reply to This] button? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639532)

Sometimes Slashdot is broken and the page contains no [Parent] or [Reply to This] buttons! Fix this! Or rather, don't break Slashdot when it's working just fine.

Re:Where is the [Reply to This] button? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639644)

[Parent [bathtubgirl.com] ] [Reply to This [goatse.cx] ]

Humm, funny this is happening today.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639700)

I say its part of the april fools jokes.

Great... another April 1st joke.... (4, Funny)

bigmouth_strikes (224629) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639534)

The biggest controversy seems to be the selection of a new logo, which has stirred much debate within the new FretBSD community. While the BSD Daemon will remain, it's just a matter of changing his sneakers. Kris Kennaway, ex-FreeBSD Ports Cluster administrator, said : "We need to change those sneakers. Why do you think they're green anyway? Purple is a much superior color".

I wonder if paid subscribes don't have to put up with the April 1 jokes... might be worth it really.

He who takes green cloth is green... (1)

mph (7675) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639682)

Kris Kennaway, ex-FreeBSD Ports Cluster administrator, said : "We need to change those sneakers. Why do you think they're green anyway? Purple is a much superior color".
Huh. I always thought Kris was an Ozzie, but I guess he's actually a Drazi.

hey wait a minute (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639536)

aren't they all dead anyway?

My Favorite (1)

billstr78 (535271) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639539)

is the quote in the second paragraph: ""Now that us old geezers are out of the way, the BSD projects can reunify like they should have done years ago" said Jordan Hubbard, a long time player involved in FreeBSD from the start, but now moved onto other projects. "I understand that they're going to be implementing a new installer and packaging system, so I'm content.""

Jeez, they could have kept the charade up for more than one paragraph if they really wanted to get people going.

OS X (4, Funny)

BWJones (18351) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639540)

This is a good thing since one of the two BSDs clearly sucked, and the other was clearly superior.

What, OS X?

This move saves lot of cash.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639542)

... with a joint burial! :-)

The scary thing is... (1)

InfinityWpi (175421) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639544)

The scary things is, that this is a damn good idea... it'd save those of us who don't give a damn a whole lot of headaches from listening to the people who do...

Re:The scary thing is... (3, Funny)

smcavoy (114157) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639556)

it might be a good thing (tm), but try fitting all those egos in one email list/IRC channel/conference.
There'd be dead bodies piled up.....

Please don't overdo it. (1, Redundant)

KlausBreuer (105581) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639545)

The last couple of years, April 1st always turned into a churn of nonsensical stories, most of them very obviously april fool jokes.

Don't overdo it like this! It's just plain boring and unfunny. Slide in a weirdo little story, which only turns out to be obvious nonsense if you look at it again. That Gentoo bit was a nice one ;)

But now April 1st has come (and over here, gone), and you can stop now.

Please?

And I might add, on this fine April 1st (4, Funny)

Arcturax (454188) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639548)

This is a good thing since one of the two BSDs clearly sucked, and the other was clearly superior.


And both of them are dying.

I just couldn't resist. :)

Re:And I might add, on this fine April 1st (1)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639714)

Actually, they both just clearly suck.

Ugh... (5, Funny)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639550)

One BSD to rule them all,
One BSD to find them,
One BSD to bring them all,
And in a really bad /. spoof bind them...

Re:Ugh... (1)

unicron (20286) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639681)

yeah, the april 1st stuff only works if you through some real stories in there to throw people off.

I'm still waiting for the DNF goes gold post.

Obviously... (1)

Shadow2097 (561710) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639551)

This is a reaction to all the new bits that have been added to the IPv6 protocol today. It would just take far too long for each on their own to implement these changes. Thank goodness I read it here first on Slashdot and am way ahead of the game!

-Shadow

Pseudo-Obligatory.... (1)

Vengie (533896) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639558)

Slashdot^H^H^H^H^H^H^H*Bsd is DUPING^H^H^H^H^H DYING.......yeah
mmmm www.slashdupe.com
However, ANOTHER SITE [slsahdot.org] isnt doing so badly!

+1 troll (1)

why-is-it (318134) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639563)

OK, it's an obvious April 1st troll, but at least it is an improvement over those "BSD is dying" trollls...

*BSD is dying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639565)

It is official; Netcraft now confirms: *BSD is dying

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered *BSD community when IDC confirmed that *BSD market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that *BSD has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. *BSD is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last [samag.com] in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

You don't need to be a Kreskin [amazingkreskin.com] to predict *BSD's future. The hand writing is on the wall: *BSD faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for *BSD because *BSD is dying. Things are looking very bad for *BSD. As many of us are already aware, *BSD continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

FreeBSD is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time FreeBSD developers Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: FreeBSD is dying.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

OpenBSD leader Theo states that there are 7000 users of OpenBSD. How many users of NetBSD are there? Let's see. The number of OpenBSD versus NetBSD posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 NetBSD users. BSD/OS posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of NetBSD posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of BSD/OS. A recent article put FreeBSD at about 80 percent of the *BSD market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 FreeBSD users. This is consistent with the number of FreeBSD Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, FreeBSD went out of business and was taken over by BSDI who sell another troubled OS. Now BSDI is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

All major surveys show that *BSD has steadily declined in market share. *BSD is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If *BSD is to survive at all it will be among OS dilettante dabblers. *BSD continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, *BSD is dead.

Fact: *BSD is dying

Why can't we have some convincing APJ's this year (1)

sepluv (641107) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639568)

...or at least funny ones. Something like the Gates Open Directory Project (GOD) last year.

I think the joke this year is that, in a post-modern ironic twist, there are not any april fools (except the bad attempts at humour on /.), except on The Onion which does them all year round (i mean, techincally The Onion should have some true stories for a change - that'd be funny).

Re:Why can't we have some convincing APJ's this ye (1)

sepluv (641107) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639610)

AFG's...why to use the preview..grrr.

In related news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639569)

The Kurdish Shiites and the Iraqi Suni have agreed on a unified government controlled via a US Dictator

Darn! (1)

mondoterrifico (317567) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639573)

Damnit! I lost a ten dollar bet that the next story would be a dupe.

UN Strikes Again... (4, Funny)

Andrewkov (140579) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639574)

From the article:

the United Nations delegates determined that the BSDs must unite

The UN debate was quite interesting. France vetoed the merger but were over-rulled by the US and the UK, while Canada sat on the sidelines...

Great news. (2, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639575)


That's great news, now they can be dying as a team rather than divisive little groups.

Yes, I know it's a joke

CNN's April Fools joke (1)

mrm677 (456727) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639583)

United States surrenders to Iraq!

But will they include IPv4 header changes? (2, Funny)

MyNameIsFred (543994) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639584)

If they don't include the IPv4 header changes all is lost. And surely BSD will die.

Microsoft (1)

robbo (4388) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639585)

Where's the obligatory Windows and Linux to merge post? This just in: Linus Torvalds has agreed to be Bill Gates' lap dog for an undisclosed sum. It has been rumored that he'll get to share the family bed..

Also... (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639588)

Also...

Sun to drop proprietary line of systems and go paste name on chinese made PC's, to compete with Dell and HP/Compaq

Windows Longhorn to merge with Linux, Gates finally concedes Open Source the answer to Microsoft's security nightmares.

AOL/TW turns a profit Q1 2003

NBC admits acted hastily in Arnett firing, network respects candor and integrity over DoD relations.

Director Peter Jackson, as quoted in the Los Angeles Times, this morning, "Lord of the Rings:Return of the King will actually be a pretty weak effort, it was just too hard to follow the books acurately and make each into a 3 hour film. We left off a good chunk of The Two Towers and I had no idea how I was going to include that, along with the third book in the next film, so to cut things short, Gandalf casts a spell arming the elves with AR-15's and has Sauron choke on a piece of pretzel. I can't wait to get rid of this stuff and start working on King Kong."

Unlimited Karma points to return to Slashdot. Hiding them and capping at 50 a terrible mistake, says source.

IPv4 to include Evil Bit

for all you trolls (1)

feed_me_cereal (452042) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639590)

now you can leave off the * and just say BSD is dying

Developer lashes out: What Killed FreeBSD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639591)

The End of FreeBSD

[ed. note: in the following text, former FreeBSD developer Mike Smith gives his reasons for abandoning FreeBSD]

When I stood for election to the FreeBSD core team nearly two years ago, many of you will recall that it was after a long series of debates during which I maintained that too much organisation, too many rules and too much formality would be a bad thing for the project.

Today, as I read the latest discussions on the future of the FreeBSD project, I see the same problem; a few new faces and many of the old going over the same tired arguments and suggesting variations on the same worthless schemes. Frankly I'm sick of it.

FreeBSD used to be fun. It used to be about doing things the right way. It used to be something that you could sink your teeth into when the mundane chores of programming for a living got you down. It was something cool and exciting; a way to spend your spare time on an endeavour you loved that was at the same time wholesome and worthwhile.

It's not anymore. It's about bylaws and committees and reports and milestones, telling others what to do and doing what you're told. It's about who can rant the longest or shout the loudest or mislead the most people into a bloc in order to legitimise doing what they think is best. Individuals notwithstanding, the project as a whole has lost track of where it's going, and has instead become obsessed with process and mechanics.

So I'm leaving core. I don't want to feel like I should be "doing something" about a project that has lost interest in having something done for it. I don't have the energy to fight what has clearly become a losing battle; I have a life to live and a job to keep, and I won't achieve any of the goals I personally consider worthwhile if I remain obligated to care for the project.

Discussion

I'm sure that I've offended some people already; I'm sure that by the time I'm done here, I'll have offended more. If you feel a need to play to the crowd in your replies rather than make a sincere effort to address the problems I'm discussing here, please do us the courtesy of playing your politics openly.

From a technical perspective, the project faces a set of challenges that significantly outstrips our ability to deliver. Some of the resources that we need to address these challenges are tied up in the fruitless metadiscussions that have raged since we made the mistake of electing officers. Others have left in disgust, or been driven out by the culture of abuse and distraction that has grown up since then. More may well remain available to recruitment, but while the project is busy infighting our chances for successful outreach are sorely diminished.

There's no simple solution to this. For the project to move forward, one or the other of the warring philosophies must win out; either the project returns to its laid-back roots and gets on with the work, or it transforms into a super-organised engineering project and executes a brilliant plan to deliver what, ultimately, we all know we want.

Whatever path is chosen, whatever balance is struck, the choosing and the striking are the important parts. The current indecision and endless conflict are incompatible with any sort of progress.

Trying to dissect the above is far beyond the scope of any parting shot, no matter how distended. All I can really ask of you all is to let go of the minutiae for a moment and take a look at the big picture. What is the ultimate goal here? How can we get there with as little overhead as possible? How would you like to be treated by your fellow travellers?

Shouts

To the Slashdot "BSD is dying" crowd - big deal. Death is part of the cycle; take a look at your soft, pallid bodies and consider that right this very moment, parts of you are dying. See? It's not so bad.

To the bulk of the FreeBSD committerbase and the developer community at large - keep your eyes on the real goals. It's when you get distracted by the politickers that they sideline you. The tireless work that you perform keeping the system clean and building is what provides the platform for the obsessives and the prima donnas to have their moments in the sun. In the end, we need you all; in order to go forwards we must first avoid going backwards.

To the paranoid conspiracy theorists - yes, I work for Apple too. No, my resignation wasn't on Steve's direct orders, or in any way related to work I'm doing, may do, may not do, or indeed what was in the tea I had at lunchtime today. It's about real problems that the project faces, real problems that the project has brought upon itself. You can't escape them by inventing excuses about outside influence, the problem stems from within.

To the politically obsessed - give it a break, if you can. No, the project isn't a lemonade stand anymore, but it's not a world-spanning corporate juggernaut either and some of the more grandiose visions going around are in need of a solid dose of reality. Keep it simple, stupid.

To the grandstanders, the prima donnas, and anyone that thinks that they can hold the project to ransom for their own agenda - give it a break, if you can. When the current core were elected, we took a conscious stand against vigorous sanctions, and some of you have exploited that. A new core is going to have to decide whether to repeat this mistake or get tough. I hope they learn from our errors.

Future

I started work on FreeBSD because it was fun. If I'm going to continue, it has to be fun again. There are things I still feel obligated to do, and with any luck I'll find the time to meet those obligations.

However I don't feel an obligation to get involved in the political mess the project is in right now. I tried, I burnt out. I don't feel that my efforts were worthwhile. So I won't be standing for election, I won't be shouting from the sidelines, and I probably won't vote in the next round of ballots.

You could say I'm packing up my toys. I'm not going home just yet, but I'm not going to play unless you can work out how to make the project somewhere fun to be again.

= Mike

--

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. -- Theodore Roosevelt

Where are the "April Fools" posts? (4, Funny)

Eric_Cartman_South_P (594330) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639598)

So far its been the normal shitty stories and repeat posts. Does anyone know if Slashdot is gonna do any funny/fictitious postings like other sites are doing for April Fools Day?

mmm (1)

Lolaine (262966) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639602)

Too much for an Aprils Fool. Next thing will be : OS/2 and NT codebase merged again :D

All because Matt Dillon was booted! (1)

ChrisKnight (16039) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639607)

I said it right here on slashdot; that taking away Matt Dillon's commit privs would lead to trouble!

-Chris

Has this been confirmed? (1)

orthogonal (588627) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639615)

"According to Daily Daemon News and The FreeBSD Diary, NetBSD, FreeBSD and GNU/OpenBSD are to be merged."

I won't believe this until ; Netcraft confirms.

*BSD is dying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639619)

It is official; Netcraft now confirms: *BSD is dying

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered *BSD community when IDC confirmed that *BSD market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a mere fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that *BSD has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. *BSD is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last [samag.com] in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

You don't need to be a Kreskin [amazingkreskin.com] to predict *BSD's future. The hand writing is on the wall: *BSD faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for *BSD because *BSD is dying. Things are looking very bad for *BSD. As many of us are already aware, *BSD continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

FreeBSD is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time FreeBSD developers Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: FreeBSD is dying.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

OpenBSD leader Theo states that there are 7000 users of OpenBSD. How many users of NetBSD are there? Let's see. The number of OpenBSD versus NetBSD posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 NetBSD users. BSD/OS posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of NetBSD posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of BSD/OS. A recent article put FreeBSD at about 80 percent of the *BSD market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 FreeBSD users. This is consistent with the number of FreeBSD Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, FreeBSD went out of business and was taken over by BSDI who sell another troubled OS. Now BSDI is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

All major surveys show that *BSD has steadily declined in market share. *BSD is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If *BSD is to survive at all it will be among OS dilettante dabblers. *BSD continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, *BSD is dead.

Fact: *BSD is dying

Step forward or backward (1)

IAR80 (598046) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639623)

In way is a step forward because it will have a larger user base and a alrger testing pool, in a way it is a step backward because we are going to miss the liberty of choice and competion between BSD distributions. I certainlly would not like to have Redhat like BSD. This is one of the reasons I stayed with Slackware and started using FreeBSD.

I would like BSD but... (1)

Omega1045 (584264) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639625)

I don't like their satanic icon. Who thought of this? What is it teaching the children? The children?! Who is thinking of the children!

I think there is enough video game violence in your precious PlayBox and X-Station without having to feed our youth satanic images when they wish to try a new OS.

Sincerely,
PMRC

Maybe... (1)

TheGax (572856) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639634)

...they'll merge the BSD's with the Evil Bit and create, The Mother Of All April Fool's Stories.

Weapons....... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639636)

of moose distruction ???

The political structure of the BSDs (1)

The Ape With No Name (213531) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639640)

FreeBSD: Think "Benevolent Politburo" without the chronic dyspepsia.

NetBSD: Think "Anarcho-Syndicalist Commune" without the impractical decision making process.

OpenBSD: Think "Titoist Market Socialism" without the clear break with Stalin.

OR

FreeBSD: Let's play with our ball as much as we want but the game has to be played our way.

NetBSD: Let's play with our ball on as many different playgrounds as we can.

OpenBSD: I'm taking my ball and playing in my yard. It's safer than the playground.

News Flash! (1)

xchino (591175) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639641)

FreeBSD will not be part of this merger, instead opting to merged with Open BeOS. Part of this merger will include changing ports to an RPM based system, to maintain compliance with RFC 3124's "Evil Bit". Several duplicate projects have sprung up in a rush to develop drivers for the iGrill.

Also RMS has decided that GNU shouldn't go in front of everything open source related.

CmdrTaco better watch his back if... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639645)

CmdrTaco better watch his back if Theo de Raadt finds out that you allowed a post of "GNU/OpenBSD" label, even though it happens to be the 1st of A, because is it one thing that Theo truly hates it's RMS, GNU and GPL/LGPL plus all the fucking zealots that come with it, of which RMS is just one.

BSDs to be Merged (1)

concatenation (647741) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639654)

Wouldn't that require a necromancer?

Anyone notice... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639660)

The "reply" buttons keep being removed and turned back on?

It's a lame april fools joke if you ask me.

Dumb, boring, move on! (1)

crivens (112213) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639662)

God these April Fools jokes just get more pointless each year.

Seeing as it's April Fool's... (2, Funny)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639670)

I find it sad that nobody has posted a "*BSD is alive!" troll...

i wish... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639673)

i only wish this were real... :p

that way I could have an Open, Free, and Internet-savvy BSD. OpenFreeNetBSD.

mmm... savviness...

STOP THE MADNESS (1)

Tailhook (98486) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639679)

That was so blatantly obvious it didn't merit a chuckle. Stop now kthx.

Ah, I get it. (1)

An Onerous Coward (222037) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639683)

This is an attempt by the beleaguered BSD community to consolidate, postponing BSD's inevitable death.

I think this is an excellent idea. Consolidation will reduce re-invention and focus developers. Other projects/programs I'd like to see consolidated:

MacOSX and YellowDog Linux
Linux and WheatoniX [thinkgeek.com]
bash and ksh
Gnome and KDE
KnomeDE and Enlightenment 1.0 [slashdot.org]
Windows 2003 Server and BackOrifice
Metal Gear, Tomb Raider, and Tetris
GIMP and MSPaint
Slashdot and The Onion [theonion.com] ... oh, wait. Never mind.

Re:Ah, I get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639713)

Don't forget emacs and vi...

Sweet! 1 more story till... (1)

BroccoliGod (462180) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639691)

Sweet! One more story till RFC 3541 gets posted again!

BroccoliGod

not bad idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5639692)

if it wasn't april's fool i would say that's great news

FreeBSD Supports the Evil Bit (2, Informative)

franimal (157291) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639698)

Just check out the following post to the freebsd-current mailing list.

From owner-freebsd-current@freebsd.org Tue Apr 1 05:47:31 2003
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2003 05:48:53 -0500 (EST)
From: "Matthew N. Dodd"
To: freebsd-current@freebsd.org
Subject: IFF_EVIL patch available.

Leveraging our new RFC3514 support I've implemented a new network
interface flag 'IFF_EVIL' which causes all IP packets crossing the
interface to have the IP_EVIL bit set.

ftp://ftp.jurai.net/users/winter/patches/IFF_EVI L. patch

Enjoy.

Are you the only person that's having fun? (1)

abcxyz (142455) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639705)

Ok, Taco -- let some of the rest of your team post some Evil dups while there's still time left today!

Load tests... (1)

Coz (178857) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639709)

Ahh, April 1 - the day Slashdot drags unsuspecting servers out into the sunlight, points thousands of browsers at them, and watches as they get hammered like baby seals....

That story took what, 30 seconds to crash 2 of those servers? You'd hope these guys could come up with something more original than PHP/mySQL error strings when their page generators choke and die... kudos to those whose servers managed to survive, even if they didn't bring up the right story.

makes it easy (1)

Lxy (80823) | more than 11 years ago | (#5639718)

If BSD is dying, they'll only need one grave, right?
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