Greg Barniskis nalists at scls.lib.wi.us
Fri Apr 7 13:03:32 UTC 2006

Alexey Karagodov wrote:
> ok! tell me, how can i help you to make "stable" - stable?
> please. don't answer me - GIVE US MONEY!
> i will not pay!

(1) install -STABLE on a variety of hardware and put load on it

(2) carefully note any issues, collecting as much detail as possible

(3) search the archives and the documentation to find out if the 
issue is already addressed by configuration elements or procedures 
that you can tune or try yourself

(4) if you didn't fix the problem at step 3, take a few deep 
breaths, open your mind, and post a properly detailed question to 
the proper list. Ideally, do this without injecting lots of attitude 
or disappointment, since those will not help get the problem fixed 
and may in fact result in not getting help . Generally no one is 
expected to pay cash, but since we don't pay cash we should at least 
pay respect.

(5) apply suggested patches, perform suggested tests, add requested 
details, then return to step number (2) as needed.

(6) Repeat from step (1) as frequently as you have time to give.

If you don't have the time or patience for all this work, choose:

(a) pay someone to have the time and patience for you
(b) stick to running -RELEASE

Sorry, I know you said not to say "pay", but note that this is 
suggested in the context of you making a choice, it is not a demand 
you must submit to.

Greg Barniskis, Computer Systems Integrator
South Central Library System (SCLS)
Library Interchange Network (LINK)
<gregb at scls.lib.wi.us>, (608) 266-6348

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