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Nov-Dec 2002 FreeBSD Bi-Monthly Status Report 27

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the stuff-to-read dept.
Dan writes "FreeBSD Release Engineering Team's Scott Long presents the FreeBSD November-December 2002 Bi-Monthly status report. Key highlights of the report include the anticipated FreeBSD 5.0 Release, Bluetooth stack development, busdma driver conversion project, DEVD, C99 & POSIX Conformance Project, FreeBSD Package Cluster work and much more!"
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Nov-Dec 2002 FreeBSD Bi-Monthly Status Report

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  • by CoolVibe (11466) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @01:34PM (#5162730) Journal
    Finally, a decent framebuffer for FreeBSD. Whoopie! Oh and of course all the GGI goodness too. Yum.
  • The "anticipated release of FreeBSD 5.0"???
    Didn't ComdrTaco post the article "FreeBSD 5.0 Available [slashdot.org]"????

    Finally, CmdrTaco dupes himself :)
    • The developer status reports were all written just before 5.0-RELEASE (when it was still "anticipated"). It so happens that the person who collated all of the reports is the same person who managed much of the 5.0-RELEASE process, and partially as a result, the whole collection of status reports didn't get released until after 5.0.
    • On the subject of the 5 release does anyone know if/when they are going to put out the ISO with the live filesystem for 5.0?
      • Re:Live file system (Score:2, Informative)

        by bmah (99344)
        It's the second ISO image (for example, 5.0-RELEASE-i386-disc2.iso). You'll usually find it next to the disc1.iso and miniinst.iso images, for all five platforms (i386, alpha, pc98, ia64, sparc64).
  • normal url (Score:4, Informative)

    by meshko (413657) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @09:03PM (#5164716) Homepage
    Here is the url [freebsd.org] of the report in a readable form.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    It is official; HP confirms: Algerbraic is dying

    One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered Algerbraic community when HP confirmed that Algerbraic calculator usage has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all professionals. Coming on the heels of a recent hpcalc.org survey which plainly states that algerbraic notation has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. Algerbraic is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last [hpcalc.org] in the recent HPcalc.org speed trials.

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

    TI's algerbraic calculator development team is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core engineers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time algerbraic's developers Casio and Sharp only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: Algerbraic is dying.

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

    RPN supporter Jean-Yves Avenard states that there are 70000 propfessional users of calculators. How many users of algerbraic are there? Let's see. The number of RPN versus algerbraic posts on comp.sys.hp48 is roughly in ratio of 500 to 1. Therefore there are about 70000/500 = 14 algerbraic users. Sharp DAL (Direct Algerbraic logic) posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of plain algerbraic posts. Therefore there are about 7 users of DAL. A recent article put DAL at about 50 percent of the algerbraic market. This is consistent with the number of DAL Usenet posts.

    Due to the troubles of mismatched brackers, excessive keystrokes and so on, algerbraic went out of favor with TI and was taken over by Casio who sell another troubled calculator. Now Casio is also dead, its corpse turned over to cheap chinese calculator manufactures.

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

    Fact: Algerbraic is dying

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