duration of the ports freeze

David Southwell david at vizion2000.net
Sat Dec 1 10:20:58 PST 2007

On Saturday 01 December 2007 10:04:00 Michel Talon wrote:
> David Southwell wrote:
> > > In those very rare cases where a user just cannot wait 2-3 weeks extra
> > > for
> > > an upgrade, they can always try to build the software themselves
> > > outside
> > > the ports system.
> >
> > I regard this view as developer centric rather than user centric. As I
> > have said elsewhere the ports system is freebsd msp and users are not
> > naturally comnfortable with building outside the ports system. If they
> > were we would not need the system!!!
> I beg to offer a radically different opinion. I don't want to compile
> the ports, i want the packages, that i will install with pkg_add -r,
> and i want them immediately with the new FreeBSD-7, not 3 months later.
> Having them 3 months later would be extremely user unfriendly, to the
> point that i would delay using FreeBSD-7 by 3 months, at least.

But the chances are that freebsd-7 would be better becasue the extra 2 months 
would give more feedback and urgent if not almost immediate needs for 7.1 
might be delayed. The need to terminate the freeze has the effect of 
compressing available time for fine tuning.
My two pennorth.

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