BSD is dying
paul at originative.co.uk
Thu Jul 28 15:58:48 BST 2005
On Thu, Jul 28, 2005 at 03:41:14PM +0100, Robert Watson wrote:
> On Thu, 28 Jul 2005, Paul Richards wrote:
> >On Thu, Jul 28, 2005 at 03:05:25PM +0100, Robert Watson wrote:
> >>Not that we shouldn't work to make it better, but I think that there are
> >>some fundamental missing pieces, and those pieces aren't at the OS level.
> >Actually I think they are. Unix hackers are ultra conservative when it
> >comes to fundamentally changing the "unix way". If it was left to the
> >choice of unix hackers then email would remain strictly text based.
> >Would spotlight be a realistic possibility in FreeBSD. It requires
> >hooking into the kernel filesystem API and indexing files as they're
> >changed. That sort of digression from unix thinking is virtually unheard
> >of in the traditional BSD environments. We have very poor sound support
> >or gadget support, whereas Linux is very good and OS X is virtually
> The big problem with introducing Spotlight on a system like FreeBSD (or
> Linux for that matter) is actually the underlying file system. Files in
> both Linux and FreeBSD don't have names, names instead point at files.
> The hook APIs in the Darwin kernel to support notification of changes for
> Spotlight rely heavily on HFS+ providing a "strong" name space. I don't
> see that any of the Linux file systems of note have this capability
> either, although Hans is always waving his hands in this direction.
In the sense that is shows up how a fundamental OS issue hampers
innovative desktop advances then it was an ideal example then :-)
I think I'd swap hardlinks for spotlight from a users perspective.
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