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Re: DragonFly BSD wiki

From: "Devon H. O'Dell" <dodell@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 06 Dec 2004 19:42:42 +0100

Todd Willey wrote:
Sorry I havne't gotten back to you on this earlier, but I think this
should all be rolled into GoBSD.  With as few people as are working on
documentation and user-friendliness, we need to concentrate our
efforts in one area.


On Wed, 01 Dec 2004 14:23:08 +0100, Devon H. O'Dell
<dodell@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hey everyone,

I've started a wiki for pretty much All Things DragonFly BSD. No, wait,
stop! I know there are already Wikis for other internal projects
(installer, GoBSD, etc); I know there are other resources. Why one more?
Several reasons:

GoBSD is not an internal project.  It is a community that is
developing to help users understand the concepts behind DragonFlyBSD
and improve usability.  The web space is sponsored by Crescent Anchor,
but that is the end of any "internal" control of it.  This is like
saying that the dfwiki you have created is internal because it is
hosted by sitetronics, which is associated with offmyserver.

It's actually not associated with Offmyserver anymore; the webpage is out of date and I haven't had time to update it. GoBSD as I understand it from the webpage is a company owned by David Rhodus which works on the advocacy and development of DragonFly BSD as well as internal projects (which I assumed the GoBSD ``distribution'' was). I am clearly in error with my assumption.

 o    At the moment, there isn't really a central page which organizes
these other online (and offline) resources that have been made for
DragonFly BSD.

True, but why not put everything on one place?  We have created a help
wiki, hoping pepole would contribute, but there have been no
contributions so far.  Feel free to create another wiki for whatever
you would like.  Whomever shows desire to work on GoBSD can be given
moderator/administrator access and keep new content coming to the

I signed up on GoBSD when it was announced on the lists months ago and haven't looked at it since. In this sense, I haven't been aware of any goals of GoBSD.

 o    I'm starting my work on the ``Developing for DragonFly BSD with
the C programming language" document that was recently discussed in the
``learning dragonfly or C'' thread on kernel@.

This would be a perfect use of GoBSD, since this document would help
clarify information for users of DragonFlyBSD, and help attract new

The C book was a project that I wanted to start since I read the thread on the list. Again, I wasn't aware that GoBSD was a place to do this.

 o    To give (interested) developers a central place to put
information about what they're doing (and what's still on their plate).

If you look through the blogs on GoBSD you will see that it is the
case that several developers have posted about what they are working
on.  Why make them choose to have two places to go?

I wasn't aware that this was a purpose of GoBSD. Looking at it, it seems the ``several developers'' who post there (recently) are also directly connected with Crescent Anchor.

There are more uses for the Wiki, and if I thought for a couple more
minutes, I'd probably be able to actually think of several more good
ones, but this email's just mostly to let people know of its existance.
So if you've got anything to feed the Wiki, please do!

I know Wikis aren't always everybody's favorite things. This one is
running MediaWiki, the same software that Wikipedia & co use as well. I
find it to be pretty decent. YMMV.


In summary, GoBSD IS DragonFlyBSD.  We are simply trying to evangelize
it and help end users, which seems to be what you want to do, so why
work on GoBSD?


Why not work on GoBSD, I guess you mean? I'll reiterate; I wasn't aware that it was a mainstream source for placing that kind of information, so I created my own. I'm not trying to make it difficult for users to choose where to post information, and at this point (and I don't mean to be derogatory, cynical or callous) it doesn't look like other users know that GoBSD is a place to post that information, judging from the activity I see. Additionally, I'm personally not fond of the stream of negative comments David Rhodus makes about the FreeBSD project, its goals and its members. Differences in opinion are acceptible, but there's no need to be sarcastic and passively agressive of their goals, achievements, and / or members.

At this point, I've done a lot of work on the C book, and I don't want to lose the revisions to it. I don't have any problem with people contributing to GoBSD, I just don't think anybody (who I talked to on IRC) was really aware that it was meant for those purposes.

I created the Wiki mostly for my own project (which I'd like to host in any case), so if everybody else contributes what they've added to mine over in GoBSD, I'm certainly fine with that.

Again, I don't / didn't mean to be stepping on anybody's toes.


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