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[20100908] New core team policies: automated testing and peer review
Antti Kantee has recently joined the NetBSD core team, here is a first core announcement sent out him about two new policies:

  1. ``new tests must be written using the Automated Testing Framework (ATF)
  2. core will no longer ok changes without prior public discussion
Extended versions:

1) NetBSD has always been known for its high quality. To take quality to the ultimate level, we are actively pushing for automated testing with regularly run tests and uniform test reports. To this end, we now require that all new tests are written using the ATF tool. All exceptions for tests committed to the old src/regress framework must be ok'd by core prior to commit.

You can find information about ATF from http://www.NetBSD.org/~jmmv/atf/ and help on writing tests at http://wiki.NetBSD.org/tutorials/atf/

Please test responsibly.

2) In the past the core team has given an ok/no decision for changes directly upon private request. To make NetBSD's review process more transparent for developers and non-developers alike, core will no longer bless a change without peer review on a public technical list. The only exceptions are cases requiring confidentiality, such as security vulnerabilities.

It is still desirable to inform core about long-term projects you are working on. This way they can be part of the roadmap for NetBSD. Be sure to state if you wish your project to remain confidential until further notice.

Developers please note that large changes such as adding new packages to src/external and sweeping kernel changes still require both peer review and core approval. Contact core@ if you are unsure about the nature of your change. ''

I regard both moves as excellent. For those non-developers out there that want to participate, #1 may be an interesting thing for projects: Pick a part of the system, and write regression tests to make sure things work. Guidelines may be found e.g. in the Single Unix Specification (SUS).

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[20100816] New NetBSD Core Team announced
NetBSD's core team is responsible for technical steering of the project. In the past the group was five people, and it was increased to seven people now. Read more in Alistair Crooks' announcement:

``We take great pleasure in announcing that the NetBSD core team, responsible for technical management within the NetBSD project, has increased its numbers to seven. This is to help in the running of a project with an ever-growing source base and developer community, and mirrors a similar change made to the board of directors, which has worked extremely well.

To help with the running of the project, we have asked Antti Kantee (pooka%NetBSD.org@localhost) and Chuck Silvers (chs%NetBSD.org@localhost), and they have very kindly agreed to join the core team. Antti is well known to many both inside and outside the project, and has contributed many new and exciting ideas, the most memorable and useful of these being the rump kernel architecture. Chuck is also well-known in NetBSD circles - his work on UBC, and his recent update of the Linux emulation code are just two examples of his contributions.

We therefore thank them both for their outstanding work to date, and to their joining the core team to lead and guide progress in the future.

For the current core team:

    Alistair Crooks -- agc%NetBSD.org@localhost
    Matt Green -- mrg%NetBSD.org@localhost
    Antti Kantee -- pooka%NetBSD.org@localhost
    Chuck Silvers -- chs%NetBSD.org@localhost
    Yamamoto Takashi -- yamt%NetBSD.org@localhost
    Matt Thomas -- matt%NetBSD.org@localhost
    Christos Zoulas -- christos%NetBSD.org@localhost
    ''


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[20071121] The NetBSD Core Team: farewell uwe, welcome cube
Alistair Crooks, president of The NetBSD Foundation, has posted that Valeriy 'uwe' Ushakov has stepped down from NetBSD's core group. His place is taken by Quentin 'cube' Garnier.

With that, NetBSD core team consists of:

  • Alistair Crooks (chief of pkgsrc)
  • Quentin Garnier (who's done a lot of userland and kernel work)
  • Yamamoto Takashi (kernel/vm guru)
  • Matt Thomas (kernel and platform expert)
  • Christos Zoulas (groks the kernel and the most nasty parts of userland)


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