A rant for NetBSD

Charles M. Hannum, one of the originators of the NetBSD project, posted what I’ll call a rant about the state of NetBSD; he wants NetBSD to lead system development and he blames the organizational layout for slowing development.

It appears he wants to return to the less complex organization of the early days of NetBSD; I don’t think that’s relevant in this stage of NetBSD’s development.   (Is NetBSD the oldest existing open source operating system project?)

Help out everyone

Joerg Sonnenberger regularly builds binary packages for pkgsrc, for DragonFly, in parallel. This eats up a lot of disk and RAM.

He could use another 2 Gb of DDR2 RAM. This would greatly speed up builds. Got spare RAM or cash? Please help, (he’s at joerg@britannica.bec.de) as this benefits every DragonFly user. (And to a lesser extent, every pkgsrc user.)

BSD Installer backlog

The BSD Installer mailing list currently has no online archive, but it’s possible to retrieve past mailings by mailing to discussion-get.x_y@bsdinstaller.com where x and y are the number of the first and last message you want to retrieve. discussion-help@bsdinstaller.com is also available.  (Thanks, Chris Pressey)

Many paths

Something I knew:  You can set the environment variable PKG_PATH to the URL where binary pkgsrc packages are located, and pkg_add will automatically fetch from there.

Something I didn’t know: you can have multiple sites listed, as Petr Janda explains.