Subject: Re: NetBSD version naming - suggestion
To: Bill Studenmund <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Emre Yildirim <email@example.com>
Date: 04/22/2003 21:38:29
Once upon a time Bill Studenmund said:
>> Developers we are. And NetBSD is for developers and people who are willing
>> to learn the rules if they'll make their life easier afterwards.
> Why? Why are we just developers? Sure, there are a lot of developers (and
> more so on this list), but why should NetBSD be only for developers?
I think Bill has a point. Keep in mind that some new users may be potential
developers, and may eventually help out with the project. I think making it
difficult for new users to understand NetBSD versioning will just alienate them, and
might even scare them away. I like NetBSD's small userbase; it's small but very
bright, but I think more users wouldn't be necessarily a bad thing. Remember, more
users means more people who are willing to donate hardware/offer support/spread the
word/etc. And NetBSD can still maintain its hype-free reputation.
I personally didn't understand NetBSD versioning the first time I switched from
OpenBSD. In OpenBSD they used to have -current and -beta (the equivalent to _RCn I
believe) tags, which made it much easier to understand which was which. In NetBSD I
didn't really know, for example if 1.4A was newer than 1.4.1 or something like that.
Anyway, just my $0.02