No NetBSD News Today (Updated)
I'm pissed off enough by people working in this project against
each other that I'm not in the mood to dig up any interesting
things. I hope NetBSD & esp. pkgsrc management get their act together
else I see a dim future for this project(s).
Let's hope for a better day tomorrow...
Update: Thanks to the people who've mailed and encouraged me.
To answer the question what happened, let's say there are different
opinions about the value of precompiled binary packages, esp. in light of
security problem. While the practice so far was/is to just rm them
(and thus make the set of binary pkgs on the FTP server inconsistent and
mostly unusable w/o compiling missing things from pkgsrc),
it may happen that this handled a bit more user/functionality-oriented.
To what extend the binaries will be moved around and how this will be
documented, or if the binaries may even be replaced by non-vulnerable
packages remains to be seen.
While pkgsrc is all fine for building by compiling, the situation with
availability of binary packages for slow platforms is very suboptimal.
Having started pkgsrc in 1997, with Al Crooks, and with the goal to
provide precompiled packages for slow machines -- I used to maintain an
archive of binary packages for NetBSD/amiga before that time -- I can't
really say that this goal was met today, 8 years later. The blame to
not put enough emphasis on crosscompiling and esp. "management" processes
to ensure better availability of binary pkgs on all platforms supported
by NetBSD goes to myself in this case. Shoot me. :)
[Tags: hubertf, rants]