Unicode-based FreeBSD

Mark Linimon linimon at lonesome.com
Wed Aug 27 11:54:28 UTC 2008

On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 10:38:05AM +0000, Svavar Lúthersson wrote:
> I suggest that the FreeBSD Foundation set a policy which states that 
> every new component must have Unicode support (if applicable) and 
> support projects to bring in Unicode support where there is none or
> only partial.

This indicates a misunderstanding of how the project works.

The Foundation exists as a separate entity from the committers.  Its
responsibility is to hold the rights to the intellectual property and
to do any legal work necessary.

The codebase is technically the responsibility of the committers.  There
is a 'core team', elected by the committers, but its responsibility is
more oriented towards mediating inter-committer problems and other
related matters.

So there is no single 'group' that could establish a rule like this.
The way to get something like this instituted is to convince the bulk
of the committers that it is a good idea.

Summary: there is really no 'top-down' decision-making; all technical
changes are driven from the bottom up.


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