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Daemon News: BSD at LinuxTag 2000

Jul 07, 2000, 11:21 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Weisgerber)

"LinuxTag is the largest European Linux event. This year the show--affectionally abbreviated "LT2K"--had moved from the cramped confines of the University of Kaiserslautern to the trade show center in Stuttgart, Germany, and had been extended to a total of four days, June 29 to July 2. Some 100 commercial exhibitors and 25 Open Source projects occupied more than 6000 square meters of show floor. What had started out as a few enthusiasts presenting Linux and Open Source solutions has turned into a professional trade show, featuring big names like IBM, Compaq, and Siemens. Guests of honor were Richard M. Stallman, Illiad, and Alan Cox."

"My talk on Saturday (Room 2, 14:00) went quite well. I gave a basic introduction to BSD, explaining the differences or lack thereof as compared to Linux, and generally tried my best to answer in advance the primary questions Linux people always ask when confronted with BSD. Competing against Torben Weis' KOffice and Anselm Lingnau's Tcl/Tk presentations, I saw some 300 people show up."

"Subsequently (Room 3, 16:00), Thomas Graichen presented a performance comparison covering Linux 2.2/2.4, Solaris 7/8, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD. Thomas had done painstaking work to ensure that the results were reproducible and to avoid a variety of typical pitfalls. Still, the findings turned out to be highly questionable. For example, nobody believed for a second that the *BSD's I/O throughput as measured with the bonnie benchmark is really an order of magnitude better than Linux'. Obviously, more work is needed. Thomas is still to be lauded for what was very likely the largest investment of time and effort of all speakers and his courage to present such a flame-triggering topic."

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