Of course it runs NetBSD?
This slogan isn't probably no longer as true as it used to be,
but in his
article about the current state of the Linux kernel,
Geoff Broadwell writes
``Linux now supports more devices on more platforms than any other operating system ever (Linux passed NetBSD last year, an impressive achievement)''.
My question in that context is: What is that "Linux" that's supporting
all these devices? Is it what everyone can grab on kernel.org? Or is
it just a term for a set of operating system kernels that behave
roughly the same on all platforms they run? Or do they really all
run kernels from the same sources? Reminds me of my
musing about portability some time ago...
is Linux (the kernel) really there were NetBSD is today? (serious question!)
Of course things look even more different in the userland, I guess,
with NetBSD's crosscompiling framework for userland and X...
[Tags: portability, rants]