Adrian Nida nida at
Tue Aug 5 10:57:13 PDT 2003


Thanks for taking the time to follow up.   I had a feeling that the
timeline/ drastic rewrites your project was doing would prevent it
from being used in my project, and am proud of you for being honest
enough with me to admit that.

I will still use my voice to help advance your cause.  I've already
mentioned your project at MUSC's  monthly IT meeting, and at the class
I teach.  Hopefully, my feeble attempts at advocacy will prevail.

As I said before, I'd love to be a part of this (even if it's just
having a webpage with an end-user's point of view)  If there is
anything you, or anyone else on this list, can think of that would be
beneficial, please let me know.

Thanks again,


On Fri, 1 Aug 2003 20:19:39 -0700 (PDT), Matthew Dillon
<dillon at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>    Adrian, thanks for your interest!  We are all fine!  It's nice
>    to see people excited about DragonFly though it kinda looks like
>    what you need is a generic UNIX platform... which DragonFly is,
>    but DragonFly is undergoing major development compared to the more
>    stable Linux and FreeBSD-4.x platforms and the time frame of the
>    work probably means that it isn't (unfortunately) suitable for
>    deployment in the work you are doing.  My best recommendation for your
>    project is that you stick with your current target(1) but keep an eye
>    on developments that occur in our arena.
>    (1) well, it depends on how many people are involved but generally
>    speaking it is a good idea to use what most people are most
>    comfortable with.  I, and most people on this list, are obviously
>    strongly in the UNIX/open-source camp.  I believe that it is extremely
>    important to have control over all the supporting software used to
>    develop any major project because without that control one risks
>    depending on things which often become obsolete over time and wind up
>    no longer being supported.  Software tends to become obsolete fairly
>    quickly (within a few years).  For example, MS just recently stopped
>    supporting NT.  Of course, this happens in the open source world too but
>    support tends to continue for a far longer period of time because, being
>    open source, those people with an interest and an investment in a
>    piece of old software can get the code and form a loose association
>    to help maintain it long beyond its mainstream lifetime.  There are
>    open-source programs that are over 20 years old still being supported,
>    something you simply cannot find in the commercial world outside of 
>    a military contract.
>					-Matt
>					Matthew Dillon 
>					<dillon at xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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