Subject: Re: A release-users list
To: Chris Pinnock <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Richard Rauch <email@example.com>
Date: 05/17/2001 14:35:49
> > If -release, like -current, is in constant flux, then the need for a place
> > to post announcements (and even ask flux-related questions) makes sense to
> > me. Is this the nature of -release? (I went looking for a definition of
> > it, but couldn't turn it up on the NetBSD FAQ pages.)
Thanks. Should I have been able to find that starting from
(Hm. The NetBSD release graph appears to be outdated. Or is the release
graph just simply an example of exploded detail from the ``Overview of
NetBSD release branches'' diagram?)
> release-users could be:
> "A forum for all people using up-to-date versions of the NetBSD-release
> source trees."
But, unlike -current, -release contains changes that are relatively stable
and are destined to appear in the next release (correct?). So while
current-users is at least theoretically mostly of interest to -current
users, release-users would be theoretically of interest to everyone.
...at least, if it is oriented as stated above.
I would suggest that if release-users is created, it should have a more
narrow focus. Perhaps something along the following lines:
A forum for announcing features included in -release, as well as for
discussing technical issues in tracking the -release branch.
(The intent, possibly poorly executed, is to restrict the topic such that
people not running -release need never read release-users nor review
release-users archived messages. Given the existence of quite general
lists already, I believe that such a restricted topic is highly
> > Previously, I have understood -release to just be a psuedonym for the most
> > recent release, and that -release is only in limited flux---during release
> > cycles. If that understanding is correct, then IMHO it would be best to
> > direct -release-related questions to netbsd-help.
> Sometimes a technical discussion would be better off not being on
I suppose that that in part depends upon how you view the nature of
netbsd-help. With netbsd-users converted to a general chatter list, I've
felt that netbsd-help really _is_ the place for general NetBSD technical
discussions. Still, that is just my opinion.
"I probably don't know what I'm talking about." --firstname.lastname@example.org