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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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[20070816] NetBSD Starts Fundraising Campaign 2007
The NetBSD Foundation would like to announce its 2007 fundraising campaign. Thanks to donations from earlier this year, we were able to fund a developer to work on NetBSD and we would like to extend that opportunity. We are aiming to raise $50,000 US by the end of the year. Every donation, both major and minor, is welcome and will be put to good use!

We will spend the money with a focus on improving NetBSD's SMP, real-time computing and embedded capabilities. This task requires a lot of work to be done by the NetBSD developers, as well as the provision of the most modern hardware. Thus the main goals are:

  • provide necessary hardware for developers.
  • continue funding developers to work on improving NetBSD.
  • sponsoring developers to work on BSD-related events.
  • focused development, with specific developers funded to work in their areas of expertise.
  • offer bounties for long standing, hard to solve, problems.
We are inviting the NetBSD community and organizations using NetBSD to help us in achieving these goals. This fundraising campaign is an excellent opportunity for everyone to contribute to the NetBSD project and to help us improve NetBSD.
Please read this link for more information how to donate. Thanks a lot for your support of the NetBSD project!

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[20070418] On NetBSD being dead (maybe a bit late, but hey)
There was quite some hoopla some time ago when Charles Hannum, co-founder of the NetBSD project, send out a mail about NetBSD being ~dead[1]. While this mail gained a lot of attention, no immediate or direct action was taken from an official side of the NetBSD project. The only consequence that seemed to be some account spring cleaning that also affected Charles' account[2]. Now while one may see an obvious connection of cause and effect here, things are not always what they seem, and Alistair Crooks, president of The NetBSD Foundation, has outlined a bit of the history of events that happened behind the scenes[3]:

``Charles had been asked to sign a developer's agreement, as had every other NetBSD developer, and he was unwilling to do that.

For almost 18 months prior to that, Charles's ssh access to all of the project machines had been suspended, as described in the mail below which I sent to an internal project list. The reason for the insistence on a completed developer's agreement for people with write access to the repositories is hopefully apparent.''

So in retrospect, it can be said that Charles' original mail was more of a frustrated reaction on the direction in which the NetBSD project went, and that it was not in the way of (one of) the original project founders.

Instead, in order to be able to protect the NetBSD project's assets, The NetBSD Foundation (TNF) was founded to claim copyrights and trademarks, to protect the NetBSD code base, the NetBSD project machines and in effect also the NetBSD userbase from ill meaning. NetBSD developers are members of TNF and have to sign developer agreements to ensure they know what they can and can not do -- the NetBSD Foundation Membership Agreement can be found at [4].

While a lot can still be said about the state of NetBSD, Alistair Crooks continues to point out the important part that eventually counts:

``As far as the "NetBSD is dead" thread - if anyone thinks that, they have obviously not read source-changes or pkgsrc-changes just recently.''

[1] http://mail-index.NetBSD.org/netbsd-users/2006/08/30/0016.html
[2] http://mail-index.NetBSD.org/netbsd-announce/2006/09/01/0000.html
[3] http://mail-index.NetBSD.org/netbsd-advocacy/2007/04/18/0000.html
[4] http://www.NetBSD.org/developers/agreement.txt

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[20070125] The NetBSD Foundation Status Report: April - December 2006
``NetBSD is an actively developed operating system. With fifty seven different system architectures in total and binary support of 53 architectures in our last official release (NetBSD 3.1), our widely portable Packages Collection "pkgsrc" and large userbase there is a lot going on within the project. In order to allow our users to follow the most important changes over the last few months, we provide a brief summary in these official status reports, released with irregular regularity. These reports are suitable for reproduction and publication in part or in whole as long as the source is clearly indicated.''

The status report summarizes the changes within NetBSD from April 2006 until December 2006, and covers administrative changes as well as changes to pkgsrc, supported platforms (ports), security, and many other areas.

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