FreeBSD's problems as seen by the community

Aristedes Maniatis ari at
Sun Jan 13 21:28:42 PST 2008

On 13/01/2008, at 11:37 AM, Daniel O'Connor wrote:

> On Sun, 13 Jan 2008, Robert Watson wrote:
>>> Sorry, but (especially in this case) that is nonsense as it's
>>> primarily an excuse and disparages the work done there.
>> There's another element in play here -- is a mailing
>> list-centric community driven by people who are very much part of the
>> e-mail world.  For many newer computer users, e-mail is the old
>> world, and the new world is instant messaging and web forums.  Many
>> developers I've talked to feel quite uncomfortable with the medium of
>> web forums, and therefore don't tend to use them.  If our newer user
>> communities are forming around web forums (i.e., for PC-BSD), then we
>> do need to find some way to bridge the gap.
> A usenet<->forum bridge would be nice since news looks enough like  
> email
> for oldies to use :)
> Pitty the few I have seen are basically unmaintained :(
> (eg Papercut)
> Hmm I wonder how hard it would be to write a forum scraper....

This may be useful to some people:

I know that I read several FreeBSD lists using an OSX nntp reader and  
it works very nicely. gmane offers most of the FreeBSD lists as nntp  
and web interfaces, even allowing posting back to the list. If  
appropriate, perhaps FreeBSD should link [1] back to gmane to make  
finding this easier.



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