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    1: **Contents**
    3: [[!toc levels=2 ]]
    5: # jdf's wiki page
    7: Note: This is not what I'm really working on, it's just a place to gather some 
    8: notes I took about some topics.
   10: ## NetBSD flavoured
   12: Currently, NetBSD is a very generic operating system, leaving almost all
   13: choices up to the user. While some consider this a strength, and it
   14: definetly is for people who know what they're doing, it's an obstacle for
   15: people who then have to setup *everything* by hand.
   17: Creating a *NetBSD flavoured* distribution shouldn't be much work, and require 
   18: just minor sysinst modifications.
   19: It shouldn't be much work to just package distribution sets that already
   20: include a list of packages it installs and several preconfigured configuration
   21: files, maybe also some additional wrapper scripts.
   22: On the other hand, you could also add some package calls to sysinst and just 
   23: provide a list of packages you consider necessary.
   25: My original attempt was to create a range of distributions for different 
   26: purposes, i.e. one for developers, one for graphic designers, one for servers, 
   27: etc. I don't know if this is the right way, esp. since some of the applications 
   28: are *very* specific. You cannot really provide a sane server default 
   29: installation except for some basic things like installing a vim, but that's all.
   30: My current idea is to provide just one, maybe named *NetBSD flavoured*, with at 
   31: least the following tools on board:
   33:  * vim
   34:  * pkgin
   35:  * git
   36:  * fossil
   37:  * subversion
   38:  * some other important VCSes
   39:  * light-desktop (i.e., LXDE)
   40:  * screen (tmux is in base)
   41:  * some sane X terminal emulators
   42:  * a browser (Firefox?!)
   43:  * a mailer (Thunderbird? Claws-mail?)
   44:  * emacs (maybe too large?)
   45:  * perl
   46:  * python
   47:  * mplayer (when it's possible to pack it up)
   48:  * pdf viewer
   49:  * preconfigured bozohttpd running on localhost showing documentation
   51: ## NetBSD documentation
   53: In [this 
   54: post](
   55: I shared some ideas about what to do with documentation. Though much of it 
   56: was proven not practical by the replies, I still have one idea: Unify 
   57: documentation of NetBSD, and provide it all on a NetBSD system.
   59: The first step is to merge as much content as possible into the NetBSD wiki. 
   60: Currently, the NetBSD documentation is very diverse in its distribution form.
   62: Then, the Google Code-In produced some nice results, including a CGI for a small 
   63: markdown wiki to browse the wiki (if it was offline), and maybe even a terminal 
   64: markdown browser.
   66: Finally, ship these two in a pkgsrc package or even with base, and provide a 
   67: small script which regularly updates the documentation.
   69: ## NetBSD website
   71: Currently, the NetBSD website is written in HTML and Docbook and requires many 
   72: tools to be edited and committed. The final goal should be to have just a small 
   73: homepage with a bit important information, but all the essential technical 
   74: information should be in the wiki. There's also a separate page for this: 
   75: [[htdocs_migration]].
   77: Though the plan is currently to migrate *all* contents to the wiki, I don't 
   78: think this is the way to go. A wiki just doesn't leave a good impression.
   80: ## NetBSD community and marketing
   82: Just some thoughts... I think NetBSD has a very bad way of making technical 
   83: ecisions which are counterproductive from a marketing point of view, or just are 
   84: not used for marketing purposes.
   86: The world has changed; nowadays, there's a growing *hacker community* which 
   87: consists of many people with an age below 30. They're just not used to the 
   88: flexibility of the old tools Unix provides, and to the flexibility you have 
   89: with a modern Linux.
   91: There are repeating questions why NetBSD doesn't use git as its primary VCS, but 
   92: rather CVS. CVS *is* indeed a very mighty tool, but many people don't know. They 
   93: like git more because they can explicitly `push` with it (and don't know about 
   94: hooks in CVS or Subversion).
   95: The same holds for many other decisions.
   97: NetBSD has a very... oldish view of how a community should be organised. On the 
   98: one hand, there are the developers, which are coding the project, maintaining 
   99: the website, maintaining packages, maintaining documentation, organising events, 
  100: organising NetBSD itself... and on the other hand, there are the users. They're 
  101: rather consumers than contributors.
  103: The few ones which want to contribute are doing so, and after some time becoming 
  104: developers with the right and possibility to do everything, but there's nothing
  105: in between. There's only few community involvement overall, though there are
  106: many topics which don't require a developer status.
  107: I think breaking with the old habits and providing more community involvement 
  108: and community support is the way to go, but except for starting with a 
  109: user-editable wiki, I don't have many ideas how to do so.
  111: ## NetBSD current
  113: The same problem exists imho with the release cycle. The standard release cycle 
  114: of NetBSD is too slow for many people who use it privately (just see how 
  115: wide-distributed Arch Linux got), and tracking current is a rather obscure thing 
  116: with compiling things on your own, etc. ...
  117: And it's not well-documented. There *are* changes, but who knows them? Which was 
  118: the current version where tmux was imported? Etc.
  120: Tracking these changes more centrally, and providing a nice way to install and 
  121: track a current installation would be a great benefit for NetBSD.

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