Subject: Re: pkgsrc, http, and websearches
To: Alistair G. Crooks <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: David Brownlee <email@example.com>
Date: 02/18/2000 12:18:05
On Fri, 18 Feb 2000, Alistair G. Crooks wrote:
> > I think we could be losing an opportunity for getting better hits
> > in websearches.. :)
> > It would be good if people performing a generic websearch such
> > as 'download abiword' would hit our pkgsrc page.
> > Proposal:
> > CAME for pkgsrc to ftp.netbsd.org.
> > httpd on 'pkgsrc.netbsd.org' pointing to pkgsrc tree
> > Some META tags to each README.html to target websearches
> > Lttle more blurb to encourage people to try NetBSD
> > Submit the base of the tree to many fine webengines.
> > What do people think?
> Nice idea.
> However, I'd prefer the work "packages" to pkgsrc throughout.
> People who don't know about NetBSD would be more likely to search
> on the word "packages" than "pkg" or "pkgsrc". However, I've come to
> like the word "pkgsrc", so maybe there should be a CNAME for that too.
I tend to use 'pkgsrc' as it identifies it as the NetBSD pkgsrc,
as opposed to any of a number of packaging system. In the same
way redhat use 'rpm', or FreeBSD 'ports'. As it is significantly
more sophisticated, it deserves to be differentiated :)
I'd be delighted if we could use an offical name of something
like "pkgsrc - the NetBSD package system" or
"The NetBSD package system (pkgsrc)".
In this case I agree we should be able to access it via
packages.netbsd.org and pkgsrc.netbsd.org - the only question
is which is the offical one? (You can guess my vote :)