Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 23rd Jun 2005 18:11 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews One of my popular articles shortly after I joined OSNews in 2001 proved to be "the big *BSD interview" and so it is only appropriate to end my serving at OSNews with a similar theme. Today we are very happy to host a Q&A with well-known FreeBSD developers John Baldwin, Robert Watson and Scott Long. We discuss about FreeBSD 6 and its new features, the competition, TrustedBSD, Darwin etc.
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RE: RELENG_X_Y-tied ports/packages tree(s)
by Scott on Thu 23rd Jun 2005 21:43 UTC

We had some talk with a friend of mine, who is ALT Linux(Debian-Mandrake-like Linux distro) user. We've talked about something like RELENG_X_Y (security branch)-tied ports/packages trees. Is there any plans on making such thing in FreeBSD?

I can't speak for the ports or the security teams, but I will say that maintaining the ports across such a wide range of releases is a very hard task, and I think that the only way that they manage it is by not branching. Also, with 12,000 ports to deal with, tying them to security releases every time a port gets fixs would likely become very cumbersome very quickly. With more resources it might be possible to batch ports updates together into more coherent security releases. If you're interested in working on something like this, you should definitely contact the ports team.