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[News] FreeBSD Remembers John Birrell and Jean-Marc Zucconi

  • Subject: [News] FreeBSD Remembers John Birrell and Jean-Marc Zucconi
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 01 Jan 2010 14:38:32 +0000
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Letter from the President

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| In 2009, the FreeBSD project had the 
| misfortune of losing two long time 
| contributors: John Birrell and Jean-Marc 
| Zucconi. I chatted with John recently, during 
| this year's BSDCAN, so his death was all the 
| more shocking. It forced me to recognize my 
| own mortality and to consider what 
| contributions from our lives remain after we 
| pass away. Reviewing the heritage of FreeBSD 
| it becomes clear that our work on this 
| project takes on a life of its own. John and 
| Jean-Marc's efforts live on in FreeBSD.


The Great Fallacy of BSD Unix vs. Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| "Linux is just a kernel." It's a commonly 
| heard refrain amongst the arguments put 
| forward by BSD Unix aficionados, and it is a 
| true statement, but it is all too often 
| abused to try to make a fallacious point.



Death of a FreeBSD contributor: John Birrell

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| John Birrell was a Unix developer since 1988 and
| a FreeBSD user since version 1.0.5.  He had a
| Bachelor Degree in Engineering (Electrical,
| First Class Honours, 1981) from Monash
| University in Australia.
| Over the years he developed with various
| commercial Unix variants such as SysVR2/3,
| Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, OSF/1 and SCO and several
| embedded operatings systems like VxWorks, LynxOS
| and Microwareâs OS9.
| In the open source world he was once a user of
| NetBSD and OpenBSD in addition to FreeBSD.
| Afterwards, he preferred just to use FreeBSD.


FreeBSD 8.0 Review: Enterprise Ready Server Operating System

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| This release improves on the functionality
| of FreeBSD 7.2 and introduces often
| requested new features in jail, SMP-
| optimized scheduler, virtualization, virtual
| network stack, NFS4, and storage subsystem
| improvements. This the most impressive
| FreeBSD releases to date. Kudos to FreeBSD
| team for rolling out stable and feature rich
| enterprise ready FreeBSD 8 operating
| systems.

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