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NetBSD

Back to hacking at NetBSD. I've been cleaning up installation notes for the 1.5 release, and enhancing the clarity of various section 5 man pages. Other notables:

ftp(1): added mreget, -N netrc & $NETRC support

ftpd(8): lots of features, including new ftpd.conf directives `maxfilesize' and `sanenames', various new command line options, etc. I really should finish my portable version of this (aka `lukemftpd')...

SAGE-AU

Almost finished the OSDA project that ajv alluded to a while ago. He'll be presenting it (in my absence; I have a wedding to attend) at the AOSS2 in Adelaide on November 25. We'll announce it and provide more details once it's been presented there.

Travelling

Still trying to organise a trip to LISA in New Orleans in early December, followed up by a visit to clients and fellow NetBSD hackers in the Bay Area in the following week. Looks like IETF in San Diego is out of the question now (due to return flight availability)

I'm currently in the USA (SFBA to be more precise). I've just spent a week in BSDcon 2000, where amongst other things I filled in for a talk - NetBSD: platform for the future, and started dialogue with various FreeBSD developers and Core members on making more effort to share code between our projects without gratuitous incompatible changes.

Finally released lukemftp 1.5.

I should finish off my similar project for NetBSD's ftpd (i.e, make it portable to other systems). I did a comparison a while ago between NetBSD's ftpd(8) and wu-ftpd 2.6.0; the former offers about 90% of the functionality, and on the same platform/compiler/options, compiles to one third the size of the latter! mmm, !bloatware ;-)

11 Oct 2000 (updated 11 Oct 2000 at 06:29 UTC) »

One and a half weeks at Wasabi Systems as a paid NetBSD developer (after six months as a Systems^WSales Engineer at Network Appliance), and I still can't get the grin off the face...

I've been spending a lot of time cleaning up and updating the release notes for the upcoming NetBSD 1.5 release. Sometimes it's annoying when you have the urge to be slightly anal about these things...

Random trivia of the day; NetBSD currently supports 32 machines across 12 different CPU types, all available as part of one source tree @ netbsd.org. Now that's portability!

We should have NetBSD 1.5_BETA1 (or RELEASE_CANDIDATE1 in other parlance) out the door in time for BSDcon next week. Or that's the theory :)

Finally I succumbed and joined advogato. I expect that I'll have more time to chase this stuff up now that I'm changing jobs.

For another week I'll work at NetApp as a systems engineer. I really like their product (especially the filers), but I'm just not suited to a sales organisation...

and I got offered (and I've accepted! :) a job with Wasabi Systems - a company offering commercial support for NetBSD. Given that I've been using NetBSD since 0.8 (the first release) and a developer for almost 4 years, the offer to get paid to develop NetBSD was too good to refuse!

Enough rambling for now; back to the grindstone for a week.

(Hopefully I'll be able to release lukemftp 1.5 soon)

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