FreeBSD 6.1 Released

David Nugent davidn at
Fri May 12 06:03:09 UTC 2006

J. T. farmer wrote:

> Mike Jakubik wrote:
>> Jonathan Noack wrote:
>>> The *entire* errata page was from 6.0; it was a mistake.  This wasn't
>>> some "put on the rose-colored classes and gloss over major issues"
>>> thing.  It was a long release cycle and something was forgotten.  C'est
>>> la vie.  It's always a good idea to check the most up-to-date 
>>> version of
>>> the errata page on the web anyway, so it's *not* too late to update 
>>> it.   
>> How convenient. These problems needed to be addressed in the release 
>> notes, not some on line version.
> *Plonk*
> You've just entered into my "do not read" bucket.  If you can't see
> that errors occur, then I pity _anyone_ who codes for you...  Or
> perhaps you never make a mistake.  That must be it.

While I tend to agree with regards to poor attitude (see similar threads 
in almost any open source forum on the topic of "demanding" anything 
from a volunteer project), Mike is obviously quite passionate about and 
has the interests of FreeBSD at heart, and for that I cannot blame him 
at all. He seems to have a disagreement with handling of the release 
process, which is the same recurring issue every time there is a release 
and probably the #1 cause of burnout with the Release Engineer of the day.

Historically, you can see that the current process works though, even if 
it may not produce the 100% perfect -RELEASE it at least guards against 
more serious problems that have happened in the past that were 
introduced by last minute and untested changes.


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