any BSD in a storm (was Re: [LUNI] Citrix/ Unix....)
brian at planetshwoop.com
Wed Mar 16 14:46:37 CST 2005
Kenneth P. Stox said:
> On Wed, 2005-03-16 at 13:47 -0600, Aaron wrote:
>> I believe DragonFlyBSD is actually a fork of FreeBSD 4.x
> Correct, Dragonfly is the creation of Matt Dillon, who was a major
> FreeBSD contributor for years. DragonflyBSD is progressing very rapidly.
> I suspect that FreeBSD may end up adopting their installer. Definitely
> worth keeping an eye on.
One of the reasons this is so interesting for me is the sociology of this,
esp. as it relates to open source.
Matt was a large contributer to FreeBSD. He apparently flamed someone one
too many times, and was booted out of the core development team. There
was _a lot_ of debate about this on freebsd-chat, esp. since the core team
closed rank and refused to reveal what he did that was so wrong.
Rather than have a flame-out like this just go to waste, Matt started his
own project and took the source the way he wanted to go (a large part of
his frustrations had to do with technical decisions made about FreeBSD
Personality wars and flame-outs happen all the time on technical teams;
however, the ability to continue development on an idea that was canned by
others doesn't happen much with closed-source products, but in this case
open-source hopefully will save the day.
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