During the meeting, the NetBSD-Amiga users and hackers met to talk about the future of NetBSD, here's what came out of the three hours of discussion:
It was also suggested to share the responsibility for different things (graphics, networking devices, or device drivers in general) between several people, so not everyone has to care about everything.
Chris has yet to be mailed to see if the help offered is wanted.
Markus Illenseer suggested that we should try to keep an Amiga running NetBSD on the Net somewhere, to provide a machine where developers can look up things and test non-critical things (i.e. things that won't crash the machine :-). The machine would also be used to compile packages that would be offered for FTP from ftp.uni-regensburg.de then, providing ready-to-install binaries for NetBSD/amiga (and probably most other m68k-platforms). To offer such a service, the machine would run only official NetBSD releases, not -current.
Possible places for the machine would be:
To accomplish this goal, the following offers exist:
Markus Illenseer commited himself to ask Amiga Technologies and Village Tronic for Hardware-support.
From the marketing point, Gateway! Vol. 2 will most probably be sold similar to the "Meeting Pearls" CDs, which come from former Amiga-meetings and will be continued in the future. This means, the CD's itself will be as low as possible and won't include any money for the maker, but rather only contain a form for a money order to your bank, so anyone who likes the CD can donate some money. The money will be used for NetBSD in some sort then.
Markus has also an offer from O'Reilly to produce a NetBSD-CD. This CD would be targetted to the i386-port mostly, but probably contain binaries for amiga and sparc, too. This is only an offer, and no commits have been made so far.
GŁnther Grau has started to write some general NetBSD-documentation similar to some "Linux User Guides", but needs help. Thorsten Frueauf is willing to proof-read, but doesn't want to write himself. Noone else was found to help GŁnther so far. :-(
Markus Illenseer's X-FAQ and Hubert Feyrer's Networking-FAQ both need updating, but none of them has the time for it right now.
Volunteers for documentation would be very welcome!
Furthermore, a coordination of all german or even european NetBSD-users (not only the Amiga ones) would probably make sense, but no decisions have been made here.
Esp. the CVS would probably demand a bigger care & effort to implement, but noone was able to answer that question for sure. It's also questionable whether it's worth at all, as it's not known how many of the people with access to the CVS-tree would benefit from that.
Furthermore, no hardware is available for offering such a service, as well as the network connectivity. No conclusion was made on this suggestion.