Subject: Future of NetBSD??
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: James Jegers <>
List: current-users
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 
     of us?

     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.