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Re: Merging Net/Free/Open-BSD together against Linux
On Sat, 28 Nov 1998, Todd Whitesel wrote:
> > > If there is suficcient interest/manpower to make it more than a
> > > one-man show, I'll set up a 3-way CVS mirror at UVa or maybe a local ISP.
> > > We can tag an initial starting point and start merging into one of the
> > > three trees. If this bears fruit we can then re-merge any recent changes
> > > and make it a new baseline for userland. (Yes, there is undoubtedly a lot
> > > more to consider, but it's a start.)
> Provide a tree that people can use to merge individual userland programs,
> and publish status reports on how each individual program is doing: whether
> it is unified, and which of the 3 projects has adopted the unified version.
This is a valid approach. But I think it has more logistical
problems. Do all three BSD's maintain identicle copies of the source in
their CVS repositories? This somewhat complicated. Check-in's are
multiplied three fold.
It makes more sense in my mind to have a single repository for
working this out. If not an independent repository, then at the very
least a branch off one repository. Then each camp as they see fit could
drop /usr soruces and rely upon the unified versions.
I really want to take as neutral as possible approach to this.
Metaphorically, unified sources would be to gods. They are free to take
it or leave it. I tend to believe if it's good, it will be accepted.
Also relying upon one group as a primary repository seems politically
> It is vastly more important that the _easy_ merges get done than that _all_
> the merges get done.
Absolutely. Get the easy ones done first. (That's why the
kerel's are left for last^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hnot included. :-)
> I suspect that the reason most of the past projects failed is because too
> many people refused to even _start_ on them until they were certain that
> the entire stated goal of the project could be completed. Screw that!! A
> partial success still has much benefit for everyone.
> Todd Whitesel
> toddpw @ best.com
I think I have already recieved enough interest to get things
rolling. I'm game for trying without much more aproval or discussion. As
I said before, if the fruits are ripe and sweet, I doubt they will be
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