Subject: Re: NetBSD 2.0 release date
To: NetBSD Kernel Technical Discussion List <tech-kern@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Jason Thorpe <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 12/06/2003 11:15:27
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII; format=flowed

On Dec 5, 2003, at 3:57 PM, Greg A. Woods wrote:

> It's not really _that_ bit of a deal.  Certainly not in my opinion.  
> :-)
> NetBSD is an open source system after all.  NetBSD doesn't _really_ 
> need
> to be anywhere nearly so single-minded about bass-ackwards 
> compatability
> as, say, Sun has been with Solaris.  I'm sure all NetBSD users can deal
> with such a change without much grief, assuming they're made well aware
> of what's happening.

Yes, it is.  If you bump libc, you have to bump the major of every 
library that exists that uses libc functions, including 3rd party 

This is simply too large of a task.

We've hashed over this before.  Many times.  And each time the 
conclusion is "can't bump libc's major in any sane way".  Therefore, I 
expect it will never happen.

         -- Jason R. Thorpe <>

content-type: application/pgp-signature; x-mac-type=70674453;
content-description: This is a digitally signed message part
content-disposition: inline; filename=PGP.sig
content-transfer-encoding: 7bit

Version: GnuPG v1.2.3 (Darwin)