Linh Pham | 3 Aug 07:05 2002

August 2002 Daemon News Ezine && Call for Articles

The August 2002 issue of the Ezine has been published, almost on time
this month. The new issue can be groked at

http://ezine.daemonnews.org/200208/

The new issue has articles covering the following topics:

- A HOWTO on backing up a FreeBSD system using tar/gzip and SMBFS

- Joel Sutton's experiences of organizing the VicFUG 2002 User Group
  Event

- One's journey in Unix starting from Linux to FreeBSD

- Don Witt's report on the recent O'Reilly OSCON

- A comparison of some of the popular web browsers available in Ports

- Some insights on how to bring BSD to more desktops

- The Answermen answer six common questions about BSD

- Chris Coleman discusses how Apple has involved in the BSD community,
  particularly BSDCon 2002

- ... and a new column, featuring news related to BSD in the past month

We are continually looking for articles on BSD, open source, programming
and many other topics. Feel free to send in your articles and ideas to
articles <at> daemonnews.org.
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stefan | 7 Aug 19:05 2002

XIG AcceleratedX -> FreeBSD


Hello all,

I'm user of FreeBSD, Solaris and Linux doing Administration work and as 
well 3D programming sometimes. I am trying to get your oppinions related 
with 3D/Xserver under FreeBSD -

Accelerated X is a product from www.xig.com 
which is cool and runs without any problems. Support offered by them 
is really professional and cool. They now have Summit 
version of the same product which comes with OpenGL libraries and it is 
charged for specific video card ( example: if you have Radeon 8500 then 
you have to pay around 100USD some time limited offer and you get the 
drivers for that card. If you have another card you need a different 
driver and might cost different)

Now Summit is only available for Solaris Intel and Linux Intel. I have 
several times tried to get the version for FreeBSD but xig's answer was 
without a minimal interest they would not provide support and development 
for Summit OpenGL on FreeBSD 

Question: Is anybody here interested to setup a list where people could 
sign and I could drop it to the main support guy, Bryan Chambers ? 
At least doing so we could see if there is any interest in OpenGL under 
FreeBSD and more possibilities than XFree86 as a X Server. People which 
are willing to pay could as well keep small market for products which runs 
under FreeBSD.

What do you guys think ?

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Michael Lucas | 7 Aug 19:11 2002

leading questions for interview?


Guys,

I'm going to be interviewed for a Net radio talk show, Computer Beat
(www.compbeat.com) for my newly-released FreeBSD book.

Much to my surprise, I have the opportunity to offer the interviewer
some questions that I would like to be asked.  While I have a couple
boring, basic questions, I'm sure there are good questions out there.

I'd like to take the opportunity to do some general FreeBSD advocacy,
as fifteen minutes is a long time to talk about a book.  ("It's good!
Buy it!")  I am drawing a blank on questions that would be of interest
to a general audience.  Everything I can think of is stuff like "How
is SMP/MAC/KSE coming along, which would be of interest to people in
the BSD crowd but not beyond.

The audience is computer literate, but not necessarily BSD-literate.

Any ideas, anyone?

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Person, Roderick | 7 Aug 19:13 2002

RE: leading questions for interview?

How about the general question.

        "Can FreeBSD be used on the Desktop by 'normal' users?"

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-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Lucas [mailto:mwlucas <at> blackhelicopters.org]
Sent: Wednesday, August 07, 2002 1:11 PM
To: advocacy <at> FreeBSD.org
Subject: leading questions for interview?



Guys,

I'm going to be interviewed for a Net radio talk show, Computer Beat
(www.compbeat.com) for my newly-released FreeBSD book.

Much to my surprise, I have the opportunity to offer the interviewer
some questions that I would like to be asked.  While I have a couple
boring, basic questions, I'm sure there are good questions out there.

I'd like to take the opportunity to do some general FreeBSD advocacy,
as fifteen minutes is a long time to talk about a book.  ("It's good!
Buy it!")  I am drawing a blank on questions that would be of interest
to a general audience.  Everything I can think of is stuff like "How
is SMP/MAC/KSE coming along, which would be of interest to people in
the BSD crowd but not beyond.

The audience is computer literate, but not necessarily BSD-literate.

Any ideas, anyone?

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Chris Coleman | 7 Aug 19:24 2002

Re: leading questions for interview?

How about "Why should I use FreeBSD?"  I expect that their audience will
all be asking them selves that question.

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On Wed, 7 Aug 2002, Michael Lucas wrote:

> 
> Guys,
> 
> I'm going to be interviewed for a Net radio talk show, Computer Beat
> (www.compbeat.com) for my newly-released FreeBSD book.
> 
> Much to my surprise, I have the opportunity to offer the interviewer
> some questions that I would like to be asked.  While I have a couple
> boring, basic questions, I'm sure there are good questions out there.
> 
> I'd like to take the opportunity to do some general FreeBSD advocacy,
> as fifteen minutes is a long time to talk about a book.  ("It's good!
> Buy it!")  I am drawing a blank on questions that would be of interest
> to a general audience.  Everything I can think of is stuff like "How
> is SMP/MAC/KSE coming along, which would be of interest to people in
> the BSD crowd but not beyond.
> 
> The audience is computer literate, but not necessarily BSD-literate.
> 
> Any ideas, anyone?
> 
> -- 
> Michael Lucas		mwlucas <at> FreeBSD.org, mwlucas <at> BlackHelicopters.org
> http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/q/Big_Scary_Daemons
> 
>            Absolute BSD:   http://www.nostarch.com/abs_bsd.htm
> 
> To Unsubscribe: send mail to majordomo <at> FreeBSD.org
> with "unsubscribe freebsd-advocacy" in the body of the message
> 

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Johnson David | 7 Aug 19:39 2002

Re: leading questions for interview?

On Wednesday 07 August 2002 10:24 am, Chris Coleman wrote:
> How about "Why should I use FreeBSD?"  I expect that their audience will
> all be asking them selves that question.

Or "Why should I use FreeBSD instead of Linux?"

David

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D J Hawkey Jr | 7 Aug 20:03 2002

Re: leading questions for interview?

In article <20020807131102.A48105_blackhelicopters.org <at> ns.sol.net>,
	mwlucas <at> blackhelicopters.org writes:
> 
> Guys,
> 
> I'm going to be interviewed for a Net radio talk show, Computer Beat
> (www.compbeat.com) for my newly-released FreeBSD book.
> 
>           [SNIP]
> 
> The audience is computer literate, but not necessarily BSD-literate.
> 
> Any ideas, anyone?

Then, in article <200208071039.49873.djohnson_acuson.com <at> ns.sol.net>,
	djohnson <at> acuson.com writes:
> On Wednesday 07 August 2002 10:24 am, Chris Coleman wrote:
>> 
>> How about "Why should I use FreeBSD?"  I expect that their audience will
>> all be asking them selves that question.
> 
> Or "Why should I use FreeBSD instead of Linux?"

In light of some recent attention to ESR's book, "The Cathedral and The
Bazaar", on some Slashdot posts, maybe you might point out the differences
[and similarities] between Linux and FreeBSD in that context as you answer
the above questions.

Or, what might be more important to a computer-literate audience, what the
differences will be when FreeBSD 5.0 hits the streets. Seems to me that's
when there will be some marked differences, indeed.

Dave

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Adam Turoff | 7 Aug 20:28 2002
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Re: leading questions for interview?

On Wed, Aug 07, 2002 at 10:39:49AM -0700, Johnson David wrote:
> On Wednesday 07 August 2002 10:24 am, Chris Coleman wrote:
> > How about "Why should I use FreeBSD?"  I expect that their audience will
> > all be asking them selves that question.
> 
> Or "Why should I use FreeBSD instead of Linux?"

Jeremy Zawodny has some interesting data on using MySQL at Yahoo!.
The FreeBSD boxes were newer, but weren't bogging down anywhere near
as much as the Linux boxes.  The linux boxes were maxed out on RAM, and
had 1GB dedicated to MySQL, and no swap.

Turns out that the Linux VM doesn't like to run without swap, and
running without swap caused a significant difference in performance
(3 orders of magnitude more "slow queries").

He also went on to allude to some issues with FreeBSD's 4.x threading
model, with no data provided yet.

Just another datapoint that monocultures are bad, even with OSes.  :-)

I don't have a URL handy, but it was on Zawodny's blog; Google should
be able to find it.

Z.

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Brian Raynes | 7 Aug 21:00 2002
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Re: leading questions for interview?

Michael Lucas wrote:
> 
> Guys,
> 
> I'm going to be interviewed for a Net radio talk show, Computer Beat
> (www.compbeat.com) for my newly-released FreeBSD book.
> 
> Much to my surprise, I have the opportunity to offer the interviewer
> some questions that I would like to be asked.  While I have a couple
> boring, basic questions, I'm sure there are good questions out there.
> 
> I'd like to take the opportunity to do some general FreeBSD advocacy,
> as fifteen minutes is a long time to talk about a book.  ("It's good!
> Buy it!")  I am drawing a blank on questions that would be of interest
> to a general audience.  Everything I can think of is stuff like "How
> is SMP/MAC/KSE coming along, which would be of interest to people in
> the BSD crowd but not beyond.
> 
> The audience is computer literate, but not necessarily BSD-literate.
> 
> Any ideas, anyone?

How about this, as it tends to get a lot of comment/response on daily
daemonnews and the like:

What is the state/future of Java support for FreeBSD?

Note that I don't do Java development, so it's merely curiosity, but
java _apps_ have been pretty useful to me in other contexts.

You could also mention or answer what your favorite apps for common uses
are:
Favorite word processor, text editor (if different), web browser,
cd-burning front-end, desktop environment (KDE, GNOME, etc.).  You've
probably covered some of this in your other writings, which I've enjoyed
BTW, but your answers might provide insight into what runs (best/at all)
on FreeBSD.  It's not a mystery to us, but might be to some non-BSD
people.

Brian Raynes

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Jacob Frelinger | 7 Aug 21:58 2002

Re: leading questions for interview?

On Wed, Aug 07, 2002 at 01:11:02PM -0400, Michael Lucas wrote:
> 
> Guys,
> 
> I'm going to be interviewed for a Net radio talk show, Computer Beat
> (www.compbeat.com) for my newly-released FreeBSD book.
> 

<snip>

> The audience is computer literate, but not necessarily BSD-literate.
> 
> Any ideas, anyone?

what is freebsd? and a brief history of BSD (from lowly history of the CSRG) and FreeBSD.

also namedropping the other projects (net/open/darwin) probably wouldn't be bad.

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