Is anyone or a group of people able to maintain appl/bsd better than MIT

Russ Allbery rra at
Tue Jul 23 14:04:01 EDT 2002

Derek Atkins <warlord at> writes:
> hartmans at MIT.EDU (Sam Hartman) writes:

>> Currently MIT is providing critical bug fixing services for these
>> applications and is doing fairly little else to them.

> What else do you feel is required?  Critical bug-fixing in a simple
> application that fits the needs of many users should suffice, no?  Is it
> really much effort on the maintainer's part to keep these applications
> in the tree and continue to distribute them?


Furthermore, Stanford will continue to contribute patches to at least the
BSD r* applications so that they will work in our environment, so it's not
like MIT will have to do all the maintenance either.  I really don't think
we'd do any better of a job at packaging than is already being done, plus
I'm guessing we probably wouldn't want to take responsibility for the
whole job, but we can certainly help keep them working.

Russ Allbery (rra at             <>

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