Subject: Re: [Frank da Cruz : Re: Kermit and
To: Frank da Cruz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Hubert Feyrer <email@example.com>
Date: 11/23/1999 17:33:44
On Tue, 23 Nov 1999, Frank da Cruz wrote:
> > > I think one solution might be that each "free Unix" "product", like
> > > NetBSD, creates a C-Kermit install package in its own native format (RPM
> > > or whatever), and this platform-specific install package is allowed to go
> > > on the FTP sites and free software CDROMs, since it is, after all, the
> > > same package that goes out with the base product (NetBSD in this case).
> > Er, kermit is not part of base NetBSD.
> Right, included with base NetBSD. Accompanies base NetBSD -- whatever the
> right words are.
Neither of these. NetBSD consists of a set of programs that's officially
released & distributed. Then there's a collection of 3rd party software,
into which kermit belongs. The latter is like some collection of RPM's
"spec" files, and although we maintain these, they do not include any
> > OK, so:
> > - we can put up compiled binaries of kermit
> > - we can NOT put up source for people's convenience
> I am suggesting that you can put up source too if it's in some kind of NetBSD
> package format like RPM, whatever you use. Maybe I'm just not understanding
> this package business very well... Anyway, I'm trying to find a solution that
> will work for both of us.
We'd use exactly the format you use, basically mirroring your source file.
> > - can anyone else put up compiled binaries of kermit, e.g. because
> > noone else can generate these binaries for this certain OS version
> > or hardware platform (think of new platforms NetBSD is ported to)
> > (really, we don't have means & matters to prevent this, but I'd just
> > like to know...)
> Sure, but obviously we (the Kermit Project) have the right to add the binaries
> to our own ftp site; this is what we have been doing for many years. To
> illustrate, the current C-Kermit 7.0 Beta has about 170 binaries; I made about
> 80 of them myself, and the rest were sent in by other people who have access
> to platforms I can't reach.
That's only fair. Indeed, we would have a web page where you could
download (or link...) kermit binaries for NetBSD when they become
> And of course we like to have patches back from people who needed to make
> them, so we can maintain a single master source for everybody. This is not a
> legal issue, just common sense, to prevent forking.
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