Subject: Re: SoC Proposal: Hardwaredatabase
To: NetBSD Users <email@example.com>
From: Amadeus Stevenson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 06/07/2005 11:57:56
Excellent plan. I'd definitely contribute.
On 6/7/05, Stefan Schumacher <email@example.com> wrote:
> I submitted a proposal to Google's Summer of Code programm, so i think
> it's a good idea to announce it here for further discussion.
> Project Title:
> BSD Hardware Database
> The Database will be a website driven by a database to collect
> user-submitted data about the support of several hardware items b=
> BSD operating systems.
> Technical Details:
> The DB will be implemented in PostgreSQL and Perl (CGI.pm,
> HTML::Mason as a famework and several other minor modules)
> using Apache as a Webserver to deliver dynamic websites.
> Some kind of catalogue can be created with pdfLaTeX or may be
> Project Description:
> The project should offer a portal for collecting and retrieving
> information on hardware and it's status regarding support by
> BSD. IMO it is a good idea to incorporate other BSDs like FreeBSD
> and OpenBSD too, to attract a larger userbase.
> Users shall be able to submit information about hardware and
> supportstatus via a webformular (eg. like Google's advanced searc=
> and of course this DB will also be searchable via a webinterface.
> Additionally it might be good idea to generate some kind of
> catalogue with LaTeX oder DocBook (I'm more into the first one).
> A database with a standardized interface will be easier to query
> than a "prosaic" description of hardware eg. sometimes found on
> personal homepages/weblogs.
> Benefits for NetBSD:
> Almost any user of NetBSD knows the problem of getting informatio=
> if hardware (eg. videocards, WLAN-NICs, Laptops) is supported. On
> roadshows we are often asked if several hardware is supported and
> usually one has to say "ask google" or search the FAQ. The
> database would offer some kind of official portal on getting
> statusinformation, which will also be very useful on advocacy,
> esp. in the professional area.
> Users will be able to query for specific hardware eg:
> "which Wireless LAN PCMCIA Nic supporting IEEE 802.11g runs on
> NetBSD/macppc > 2.0?"
> PGP FPR: CF74 D5F2 4871 3E5C FFFE 0130 11F4 C41E B3FB AE33
> A strange game, the only winning move is not to play.