hardware Rosetta Stone?

kaltheat kaltheat at googlemail.com
Tue Oct 4 18:27:20 UTC 2011

On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 6:39 AM, Royce Williams
<royce.williams at gmail.com> wrote:
> The tl;dr version: Let's start documenting our implicit knowledge
> about hardware.  It will be significant force multiplier.  If we start
> a stub on the wiki, it could become useful relatively quickly without
> a lot of effort.
> The long version:
> I've followed a few list threads that end with "Go talk to Vendor X
> about that."  Developers, vendors and hardware owners are all busy, so
> this can be hard.  Most hardware vendors don't have someone like
> Intel's Jack Vogel - competent, constructive, and paying close
> attention to the relevant freebsd-* lists.  Even if Jack misses a
> message, everyone else on the lists knows to say, "Hey, send that to
> Jack."
> I've also spent a lot of time painstakingly reconstructing knowledge
> from multiple forums in order to arrive at The Whole Truth about a
> specific piece of hardware.  Someone knows the answer off of the top
> of their head, but that person is busy frying bigger fish -- and they
> should be.  Caching the results of that work would be a high-leverage
> activity.
> I propose creating a hardware Rosetta Stone of sorts.  It would be
> sort of a cross between the Hardware Compatibility list, parts of
> Jeremy Chadwick's list of known issues, some FAQs, and a list of
> FreeBSD folks to coordinate between vendors and the project.
> As a quick start, I propose a wiki page that would contain something
> like these tuples:
> * Hardware family
> * Name of vendor
> * Brief advice on how to work with that vendor.
> * Identifying device info (PCI/USB IDs, etc.)
> * Links to significant PRs.
> * Link to a FAQ page/section for that hardware/drivers.
> * Name of coordinating volunteer(s)
> I'd bet that there are already some de facto vendor "ambassadors" of
> sorts who could seed parts of the initial list pretty quickly.
> Benefits:
> * Developers (who already get peppered with questions about given
> hardware) only have to answer a question once, and simply link to the
> Rosetta Stone thereafter.
> * Non-developers can take their hard-won research and put it where
> others can reliably find it.
> * Newbies spend less time chasing their tails and FAQing the lists.
> * Vendors get a consistent voice from, and more deliberately connect
> with, the FreeBSD community.
> * Developers who want to tackle a hardware family can easily survey
> the state thereof.
> * Vendors who are hard to connect with might be swayed by a large list
> of "this vendor won't work with us, but hey, their competitor is
> totally helpful" data points.
> * People could rotate through ambassadorship, to spread knowledge and
> prevent burnout.
> * Everyone gets to spend more time doing what matters.
> If I'm reinventing a wheel, any breadcrumbs appreciated.
> (I got this idea from a club I'm in that has a semi-official
> ambassador to eBay -- which has really benefited both eBay and the
> club -- and also thinking about Jack, and Jeremy's list).
> Royce

In my opinion this is a very nice idea.
I've found this site: http://laptop.bsdgroup.de/freebsd/ but it seems
to me as if it is specialized on laptops.
I would support this idea!


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