FreeBSD and NetBSD's pkgsrc: A strategic synergy for awesomeness

Paul Schmehl pauls at
Sun Apr 1 21:48:27 UTC 2007

--On April 1, 2007 3:26:03 PM -0400 FreeBSD Ports Tree Management 
<portmanager at> wrote:
> For our employee committers and contractor port maintainers we regret to
> inform you that due to redundancies many of you will be let go from
> FreeBSD.  All port maintainer's contracts are immediately terminated.
> If you refer to the organization's Porters Handbook you will note that
> we have the right to terminate maintainer contracts at will.  For our
> employee committers we will be restructuring in phases.  Those of you
> with work obligations in the other repositories will retain your ports
> tree responsibilities while training the pkgsrc workforce for their new
> role maintaining their products on FreeBSD.  Once this phase is complete
> your workload will be redirected towards your roles in the other
> repositories.  Those of you with a ports commit bit only, we wish to put
> this gently.  We are delivering a .pinkslip to your cubicles in the
> Freefall office currently.  By the end of business tomorrow we expect
> you to login and collect your belongings there and in our satellite
> offices.  All cubicles will be scheduled for deletion after that.
> Please be aware that members of the FreeBSD Security Team will be
> monitoring your access to ensure that no organization property
> accidentally goes home with you.

Happy April Fools Day.

Paul Schmehl (pauls at
Senior Information Security Analyst
The University of Texas at Dallas

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