NetBSD‘s Alistair Crooks has posted his monthly account of the changes to the Packages Collection in February 2005 to the tech-pkg mailing list.According to Alistair, there were 5377 packages
in the NetBSD
Packages Collection, up from 5331 the previous month, a rise of 47 with
many notable updates as well. An important change in the pkgsrc
infrastructure was made due to the recent
announcement that collisions have been found in SHA1: pkgsrc now supports
multiple digest algorithms and distpatches and all the distinfo files in
pkgsrc have been updated, where possible, to use multiple checksums. More
details, including the Package of the Month Award, can be found in Alistair’s
Also, xen2 was merged with NetBSD-current.
The pkgsrc has been frozen to make the Q1/05 branch.
KDE3.4 is @ RC stage and Gnome 2.10 has been released these hours.
Too bad we will have to wait another Quarter to see a binary packages of them.
The FreeBSD packages for stable are updated more frequently
why the ‘law’ icon?
And yet NetBSD’s packaging policy has some recommendable features over FreeBSD’s.
From the pkgsrc freeze announcement:
“The NetBSD Packages Collection is now frozen for a duration of 2 weeks in preparation of the first stable branch in 2005, pkgsrc-2005Q1. During this time, no new packages will be imported in pkgsrc, and the NetBSD Packages team will focus on fixing open PRs and stabilizing the infrastructure.”
In my experience, it would do good for FreeBSD’s ports if they would concentrate on “fixing open PRs and stabilizing the infrastructure” every now and then, like NetBSD does with pkgsrc every time they build new binary packages.
It’d be rather useful if to an article that is quoted as submitted by X other content that does not really relate to the story wouldn’t be added.
In this instance, the note that xen2 was merged did not come from me, and I find it odd that this gets thrown in with the pkgsrc story. I probably would have made it a separate story.
why the ‘law’ icon?
All the BSDs seem to be very much into changing logos nowadays – so maybe NetBSD has changed its logo again..? 😉 (sorry, I just couldn’t resist…)
It should be the NetBSD flag icon. I just checked and I don’t see a catagory for the Law Icon in the “Veiw Topics”. However by browsing these topics it would indicate that it does relate to the law. Who would have thought?
Anyway I thought pkgsrc would make bigger headlines. Heck, Sun has info on their CD’s (Solaris) about pkgsrc.