Subject: Re: What to do to widespread NetBSD ? (Was: Re: RealAudio)
To: Chris G. Demetriou <>
From: Colin Wood <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/31/1997 17:39:13
Chris G. Demetriou wrote:
> > > 	3. 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.

Just wondering, but do we actually have the space for searching the
mailing list archives?  I mean...does have to disk space to
hold the ever-expanding archives (and the possibly necessary index files
for the searches)?  Not that I'm volunteering to take this one on...

> 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.

Well, as one of those people onboard to work on the web pages (I do try to
keep the mac68k port info up-to-date), I'd be happy to look into specific
suggestions for improvement that people might have.  I'll also look
through some other sites and see if I can come up with some ideas that
might be useful for NetBSD.

(Of course, a "Howto Write Device Drivers for NetBSD" might be really
nice, but I don't have the expertise to do so...I think that FreeBSD has
something like this, but it's not as complete as it could be.)


Colin Wood                       
Component Design Engineer - MD6                 Intel Corporation
I speak only on my own behalf, not for my employer.