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The Server Room Show

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TSR - The Server Room - Episode 23 - Interview with George Neville-Neil from FreeBSD - Part I.

Questions ( Episodes 23 - 24 / Part I. - II. )

Your earliest memories of a computer?
Did You grew up around them?

Computer Science in Northeastern University in Boston

Did You get involved with BSD before or after it got taken over by Wind River?

Wind River and VxWorks ... Can You tell me more about them and Your involvement with both?

I know from other talks You gave You really like Embedded computing and the challenges which comes with them.
What do You like in them?Complexity?The challenge they represent?

If You had to compare VxWorks to FreeBSD when it comes to the Embedded industry

Can they compete with one another or VxWorks just leagues ahead when it comes to embedded devices?
perhaps coming from that one is designed from the ground up to serve the purpose of being on embedded devices?

How did You get into FreeBSD?

1a.: NetBSD with the running it on all (including microwaves did not sound more of a challengefor someone like Yourself who hacks the kernel all day long?

You are the author/coauthor of many books on BSD and FreeBSD with Kirk McKusick

How was it to work and coauthor a technical book/paper with someone legendary like him?


Do You think if BSD didn’t get hold up in court by ATT / Unix Systems Laboratories We would have BSD *FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD * where Linux is today and perhaps Linux did not even exist today as there would have been no gap on the market to fill which resulted L. Torvalds to write the Linux Kernel?


On FreeBSD You are also lead of the Kernel team / whom oversee changes and improvements getting into the FreeBSD kernel.. Can You tell me more about it?

On Your website it mentions Your consulting company. Is this the typical pick my brain - hear my advice on X thing You want to do with Your company ) networking, security, etc.)?

What did You run on Your machine at home?
Any special HW Or Hobby?       

More info:

George's website:

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