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[20060216] Permission to Incorporate POSIX® Material
After having this linger around for a long time (my fault), I finally managed to coordinate the press release of NetBSD getting permission to use documentation from the Single Unix Specification (SUSv3, POSIX). It was interesting working with The Open Group on this, and coordinating the press release with both The OpenGroup and the IEEE, which share the rights on the POSIX standard. (Don't ask me for details, I won't claim to fully understand the relationship ;)

As there were apparently some questions on the scope of this, I've sent a mail to netbsd-users@ to clarify things. Hope it helps. ;)

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[20060215] Stuff in the past few days
A few things not really visible on the surface happened in the past few days:
  • I've done a bit more work on the next version of g4u, baseically moving the whole build infrastructure to use NetBSD's new 'makefs -t cd9660' and bootxx_cd9660
  • While there, I've been working on a framework to build bootf-cds (like the current bootfloppies, i.e. just a small CD with a kernel and a ramdisk with sysinst, no install sets). The latest version of the framework works on i386 and amd, but it actually reinvents a wheel that's already present twice in the NetBSD source tree. So I'll try to find more time to think about the src/etc 'iso-image' target and esp. all the code in src/distrib/cdrom before persuing this.

    My current theory is that NetBSD needs to split the concept of building a "release" into #1 the compiling of all the stuff in $RELEASEDIR, and #2 the postprocessing (creating a bootable CD *with* install sets, taring up sources, and making sure there's a pkgsrc snapshot there, too). Maybe the source taring-up should even be moved to another step #3 that's only done after performing step #2 *all* platforms.

    We'll see when I find more time for this, or maybe if someone picks it up...

  • After NetBSD got permission from The Open Group and the IEEE to use text from the POSIX(R) standard some time ago, I'm finally preparing the press release (available soon!) with them.
  • Various other coordination stuff for the NetBSD booth at the Chemnitz Linuxday is also taking ways too much time, getting t-shirts and flyers and posters done.


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