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Re: sponsor NetBSD for 2020

On Tue, 10 Nov 2020 18:25:09 +0000 wrote:

> As for sun4v, I believe Palle is doing work on this sometimes.

Yes, I've seen from the posts on sparc64 mailing list that some people
are working on it, but often developers have other commitments and bills
to pay, so the progress can be very slow. Paying those developers to
work part or full time on various features would 1) help them pay the
bills, and 2) move features forward quicker.

I suspect NetBSD users would be more willing to sponsor the features
that they can directly benefit from. In fact, this mode of software
development (pay per feature) should be encouraged. I appreciate that
NetBSD is a non-profit organization, but relying on other people to
donate their development time for free is not always the best approach,
i.e. feature development can drag on indefinitely.

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