freebsd 7 release process

Aristedes Maniatis ari at
Thu Jan 24 15:50:01 PST 2008

How can non-committers like myself keep up to date with the progress  
of freebsd releases? I read stable, current and cvs mailing lists.  
I've even looked at the qa mailing list but it looks completely  
abandoned (perhaps the links to it should be removed from the web site).

I see this page:

but it tells me that we are just waiting for Robert Watson to complete  
testing of the MAC framework changes. Nothing in commit logs or  
mailing lists correlates to that so I assume it is incorrect.

Really, all I want to do is to get a handle on the known outstanding  
bugs, but the FreeBSD bug tracking system is very crappy (compared to  
almost all other open source projects I use or am involved in) and has  
no way to look at bugs by reported-in version or target release. So my  
question is: how do other people know what is happening? Does re have  
a mailing list somewhere I can read?

I know many people are putting in vast amount of effort here, so this  
is not a criticism of the delays. Just without any regular bulletins,  
emails to the mailing lists, bug tracker or web site updates I can't  
tell what bugs are left, what are fixed and what I need to be aware of.

Ari Maniatis

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