FreeBSD's problems as seen by the community

Kris Kennaway kris at
Thu Jan 10 12:40:52 PST 2008

Erik Osterholm wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 10, 2008 at 11:56:15PM +0900, Adrian Chadd wrote:
>> On 10/01/2008, Dominic Fandrey <kamikaze at> wrote:
>> This is the thing though. Its working for the developers, its not
>> working for the users, so how do you think it'll get fixed?
>>> The second big problem is the handling of regressions. PRs remain
>>> unanswered or the reporters are told that the regressions they
>>> report do not exist. Some of our members have even suffered the
>>> experience that they developed a patch, but it simply was ignored
>>> or turned down for the reason that it was a "Linux solution".
>>> Especially frustrating for those among us who have never looked at
>>> Linux code.
>> Whats the PR number?
> I'm coming in in the middle of this thread, but here's one from July
> 2006:
> kern/100839
> No one from the FreeBSD community ever responded on it.  I thought
> that I'd even suggested removing the driver entirely, due to this
> showstopping bug, and removing its listing as compatible, but now I
> can't find an archived reference, so maybe it was in my head.
> I love FreeBSD, and I used it on a daily basis, but there's an
> example, if you're genuinely interested.
> Erik

Yeah, that's a pretty good example of hardware with no real maintainer 
in the FreeBSD community.  Actually it does look like yongari@ worked on 
it a couple of months ago, so you might want to bring it to his attention.


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