Subject: Re: What to do to widespread NetBSD ? (Was: Re: RealAudio)
To: Chris G. Demetriou <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Tom T. Thai <email@example.com>
Date: 10/31/1997 18:25:17
Guys and gals, I volunteer to do this now, today! check out my new logo
(work in progress at http://www.future.net/~tomthai/netbsd_logo.gif).
feedbacks? I'll start updating the netbsd pages and put online mans and
searchable archives.. for now it'll be on my server since I have no access
to www.netbsd.org YET (hint Jason & Phil.. got my email yet?) take care.
I'll have some of it up and will give out the address after this weekend.
On Fri, 31 Oct 1997, Chris G. Demetriou wrote:
> > > 3. www.netbsd.org doesn't have much content.
> > I agree with this.
> The NetBSD WWW pages' content is ... endlessly "amusing" to me.
> A small number of people initially got together and created most of
> the content that's there now. I was one of them, and, after helping
> to get the pages started, bowed out to spend my time on other things.
> Since that time, some new features have been added and some
> appearances have been changed (and, thankfully, some port maintainers
> actually keep their pages up to date 8-), but, by and large, the meat
> is the same. There are no searchable mailing list archives. There
> are no on-line manual pages or documentation. The pages that were
> "under construction" when I handed off the web pages -- A COUPLE OF
> YEARS AGO -- have not yet been finished. The only 'neat' new feature
> I can think of that's been added are the PR summaries...
> The "amusing" thing about this is that N people have volunteered to
> add various features to the web server, to make various improvements,
> etc. They've been put in a position (i.e. given accounts, authority,
> etc.), where they can do the work that they signed up to do, but it
> just never happens. The most annoying thing to me that fell by the
> wayside was searchable mailing list archives. There was (at least
> one) volunteer to do them, he was enabled to do them, and he never did.
> Yes, I of all people understand about the nature of volunteer
> projects, and about volunteers' time. In this case (for once 8-),
> however, it's not only the NetBSD project's leadership which is at
> fault for the lack of useful content on the web pages. A lot of
> volunteers volunteered, then failed to produce.
Thomas T. Thai Infomedia Interactive Communications
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