cvs commit: src/release/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/relnotes/common new.sgml

Bruce A. Mah bmah@FreeBSD.ORG
Tue Mar 25 17:29:05 PST 2003

If memory serves me right, Wilko Bulte wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 21, 2003 at 04:12:18PM -0800, Bruce A. Mah wrote:

> > If/when somebody stumbles over this problem in future versions of
> > FreeBSD, they're probably not going to come back to the 4.8 release
> > notes to find it.  I'll leave it where it is, but after RELENG_4 is
> > open again, could you please insert this text into the hardware notes,
> > so it'll be there for future reference?  Thanks.
> You mean release/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/hardware/alpha/proc-alpha.sgml?

Yeah, that's what I meant.

> It is in there already, but I am sort-of worried (how many folks have
> Turbolasers at home? ;-) that people would not find it there.

Heh.  :-)

What I am concerned about is that I don't want to see the release
notes turn into a dumping ground for "various things that people
should know".  (Note that I am not accusing you or anybody else of
doing this...I'm just expressing a part of my criteria for figuring
out what kinds of material to add.)

More specifically:

1.  I truncate the release notes after every release.  If your item
    needs to be seen over multiple releases, then the release notes
    document is probably not permanent enough of a place to put it.
    Someplace such as the hardware notes, Handbook, or FAQ might be

2.  The release notes describe changes from one release to the next.
    It's true that a lot of people read it when upgrading, but that
    doesn't excuse them from looking at other sources of information
    (such as UPDATING).

This is not a huge problem, and I don't want to stop you (or anybody
else) from committing release notes changes.  If there's sufficient
time, I might ask for items to be redirected to places I think are
more appropriate.  But in any case I'm glad for the help that you and
others have given to the release documentation.


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