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Re: config(5) break down

2010/3/16 Julio Merino <>:
> On Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 10:08 PM, Masao Uebayashi 
> <> wrote:
>> Let me clarify:
>> - NetBSD is used for many purposes.
>> - The official binary should choose the sane default
>> Â- FFS_EI enabled by default
>> Â- XIP would be disabled by default
>> - While leave developers freedom to customize NetBSD more.
> Err, no. ÂBOTH developers and users should have the freedom to
> customize NetBSD, not only developers. ÂAnd, of course, users should
> not have to rebuild anything, ever. ÂIf we can't provide such a
> binary-friendly system, we have failed as developers. ÂAnd it's
> possible to provide such a system, as has been proven by Solaris,
> Windows and, increasingly, Linux.
> (That doesn't mean developers shouldn't have the ability to rebuild
> from source. ÂOf course they should, that's the joy of open source!
> But being open source is not an excuse to provide a system that cannot
> be customized when distributed in binary form. ÂOtherwise, that's no
> different than the "no documentation because you can read the source"
> policy...)
> --
> Julio Merino

I'm wholeheartedly behind Julio's statement.
Users should never have to rebuild anything.
And as Julio stated in the past, this applies to
pkgsrc aswell, where we recently did a major step
forward with pkgin.


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