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These are rules and guidelines for discussions in the public channels.


This is a general chat channel for NetBSD users and developers who interface between the users and the source trees. This is a good place for new users to get help with problems they are having with release builds, as well as leading-edge users who are tripping over bugs in our current development tree. These channels are not a replacement for the bug-reporting system of GNATS or the mailing lists, but function as an enhancement of more 'real-time' discussion. It is quite common that the response to a question will be to search the mailing lists, or to open a bug report. The conversation in this channel is not too strict, but it is appreciated if people stay on the NetBSD topic or at least keep off-topic conversations within reason so as to not annoy the patrons of the channel.

The target audience is NetBSD users, and is architecture-agnostic.


This is an OS-agnostic channel for pkgsrc and pkgsrc-wip users and developers. There are a couple of 'bots' in the channel that will display source commits to the channel for the public GIT repository and the pkgsrc-wip tree hosted on SourceForge. This channel is specifically for discussion of pkgsrc, changes to pkgsrc, and suggestions to pkgsrc, and not a general chat channel. This place is good for bootstrap help that you can't find on the mailing lists or documentation.

The target audience is pkgsrc developers and users.


This is a channel specifically for discussion of NetBSD source changes, ideas,

The target audience is developers and Google Summer of Code students.

Offshoot channels for specific working groups of NetBSD, such as #netbsd-ru