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[20060129] NetBSD's community site growing
As reported before, there's sometimes need in the NetBSD community to document things related to NetBSD. In order to support this, "onetbsd.org" has been brought up as a community site where NetBSD users can easily contribute. Services available include:
  • a RSS aggregator - if you have a blog that's related to NetBSD and you want it included, let me or Kimmo Suominen (kim at NetBSD.org) know!

  • If you want to start blogging but don't want too bother with setting up your own blog, the onetbsd (#NetBSD) blog is there for you.

  • If you have something worth documenting for the world and you don't have a website whose URL you can post in any blog (or using an oldschool mailing list :-), there's also the NetBSD Community Wiki available for doing so.
If you think some documentation available on the official NetBSD site needs work, talk to www@NetBSD.org and send suggestions or (preferred :), patches against htdocs.

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[20060104] A NetBSD Community Wiki
The state of NetBSD's documentation has been discussed on and off, in public and not-so-public, in the past few weeks and months. There are many reasons for the current state of affairs, including busy developers, a toolchain for htdocs that's not lightweight, lack of a few dedicated individuals to have an iron grip on all of the documentation, etc. Of course it doesn't help that only NetBSD-developers have (write)access to 'htdocs', and that the barrier for contributing users is rather high (sending PRs or posting to mailing lists in the hope of getting a busy developer's attention, fighting the XML toolchain) either.

A solution that was proposed several times is to add/offer a Wiki for NetBSD-related data. While there are various pros and cons, Zafer Aydogan has setup an (inofficial) NetBSD Wiki where everyone (i think) can get write access and work on documentation not available at www.NetBSD.org.

To offer my personal $0.02: My preferred way of documentation would be to have it all in one place, but I guess that won't work out. We'll see what the Wiki becomes to, and then later evaluate it WRT contents and user-friendlyness in comparison to other, existing documentation provided by the NetBSD project.

For now: happy editing! :)

P.S.: Sending patches against htdocs' XML files to www@ is of course still very much welcome! :-)

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[20050529] Flo's NetBSD projects
Florian Stoehr has pointed me at his NetBSD projects page, where a number of projects can be found:
  • neb-wipe - erase harddisk partitions in a very secure manner
  • neb-cd512 - recalculate a disklabel to be in 512 bytes/sector format, for use of FFS file systems residing on CDROM/DVD
  • neb-hdtoolbox - manipulate Amiga partitions from (any!) NetBSD machine



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[20040925] User Forum: BSDnexus
I've stumbled across BSDnexus' forums, which seem to be a fine web-based BSD user community for all questions and answers. Worth a look!

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