Subject: Alpha/beta releases of ISC DHCPD and BIND 9 in -current?
To: NetBSD current-users <>
From: M Graff <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/10/2007 12:27:02
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Clearly, this is somewhat of a biased opinion, since I work at ISC.
Please don't think though that I'm pushing for this idea just because of
that.  :)

ISC has a dhcp server which does both IPv4 and IPv6.  It would be really
cool if NetBSD supported this out of the box, and it would be really
helpful for ISC to have more testers.  When the final version of DHCP
v4.0 comes out, having a working IPv6 client would be something most
other free Unix-like systems won't have.

Also, BIND 9.5.0 is in alpha testing.  As one of the authors of it, I
consider it stable.  :)  It has a rather interesting feature set,
including vastly improved cache performance, and a disabled-by-default
HTTP-accessible statistics system.

What do people think about the idea of tracking these pre-release
versions up to the next major release, and doing so for the next
alpha/beta/release cycle?  I'm obviously volunteering to maintain them
in -current, either out of my own time or as part of my work at ISC.  As
a developer at ISC, I believe I'll be a good judge of when to pull in
the next pre-release code set, and keep compiles working and the runtime
not crashing.

- --Michael
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