Subject: Re: CVSup collections for a NetBSD CVS tree
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From: Greg A. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 05/01/1999 14:33:40
[ On Saturday, May 1, 1999 at 10:34:15 (-0700), Brian D Chase wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: CVSup collections for a NetBSD CVS tree
> Okay... Let's draw a socio-politically charged parallel to this line of
> thinking. And this is probably a good way to illustrate why a good number
> of NetBSDers are ethically opposed to embracing any software like CVSup.
Your analogy is so flawed and backwards that it's not even funny.
If you're restricted to running an old Sun3 or sparc-1 or vax-750 or
whatever then you're already restricted to the pony express because
those machines aren't capable of flying supersonic in the first place.
Note: "Not capable" -- not "restricted from"! This doesn't have
*ANYTHING* to do with "racism".
> CVSup is good at what it does for the platforms upon which it runs. The
> NetBSD community should acknowledge and accept CVSup. But from a
> philosophical standpoint, I would be upset if it were embraced or even
> supported by the NetBSD community.
That's self-contradictory. How can NetBSD (i.e. those behind
NetBSD.org) say they accept CVSup if they don't make it possible for
there to be a cvsup.netbsd.org? Anyone on the outside will see them as
rejecting it if they don't *offer* it. They don't have to force it down
anyone's throat to *offer* it. There are lots of of unofficial mirrors
of ftp.NetBSD.org (and ftp.*.netbsd.org), yet I'll bet those *official*
sites get the majority of requests, and the reason is that people want
to get an "official" copy, both for the supposed integrity, and also so
that their request shows up in an official log, maybe so that they can
contribute to statistics showing how widely used NetBSD is. The same
thing applies to all kinds of software packages and I can even document
it happening with a package I distribute.
Greg A. Woods
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