Subject: Future of NetBSD??
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: James Jegers <email@example.com>
Date: 06/21/1995 21:26:08
I was just looking at the state of NetBSD an feeling pretty happy
about how things have been going and what we have done, in particular
with all the ports NetBSD now has.
Then I looked at FreeBSD's latest copy and got really depressed
as they have all kinds of neat things in there system. Like,
video capture boards, pcmcia support, many pci drivers, apm,
slip utilties, and many more.
What happened to NetBSD? It used to be the greatest with all kinds
of neat new things. I'm starting to wonder where all the development
effort in NetBSD has went. I understand people just work on NetBSD
for the fun of it, but how come FreeBSD and Linux are so far ahead
I know NetBSD's philosophy is to only give out the best written,
best operating things in it's system. I think we need to change
that philosophy. NetBSD-current is a system that is supposed to be
full of things which don't work or are in progress of being worked on.
We should be putting all types of things in NetBSD-current, even if
they aren't working. Let people work out the bugs. Keep a log file
which says "program/section xxx does not work, this is what needs
to be done still". Then for the release we can finish tuning things so
that they work perfectly.
I'm not saying anyone has done anythng wrong, I just think that the
CORE teams job should be to incorporate things others have written, and
not spend so much time writting new things. Fix bugs, incorporate
things people have written, and then work on things they think
should be fixed/redesigned.
NetBSD person from when it started, wondering if he will still be one.