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Re: [edgebsd-developers] Election platform [was: Planning the election for project leader]

  • To: Pierre Pronchery <khorben@xxxxxxxxxxx>, edgebsd-developers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Re: [edgebsd-developers] Election platform [was: Planning the election for project leader]
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  • Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:07:25 +0100
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I vote for khorben as our project leader.

On 29/01/15 06:16, Pierre Pronchery wrote:
> Dear EdgeBSD developers,
> On 04/09/2014 00:59, Pierre Pronchery wrote:
>> The next and equally as important thing, is that according to
>> our project constitution we have to organize the first election
>> for leadership! I did not forget about it, and I really want to
>> let this happen. So I will try to find the time until EuroBSDCon
>> this year to create a platform and offer to pursue my commitment
>> to this project, welcome alternative proposals, and then open the
>> vote.
> I am very late and very sorry about it. But keeping to my own
> promise, I would like to open the first election process for the
> leadership of the EdgeBSD Project.
> Needless to say, I am applying for a new "mandate" - and so far, I
> am the only declared candidate. So without further ado, please find
> my election platform here.
> Election platform: Pierre Pronchery (khorben) 
> =============================================
> 1. Status and achievements of the project 
> -----------------------------------------
> Well, first of all, being its founder, I am glad that the project
> still exists, that it seems attractive enough to build and sustain
> a community, of which a few developers or enthusiasts are on their
> way to become official NetBSD developers! This alone keeps me happy
> and motivated to continue our work.
> On a purely technical level, I have to admit that I am not fully 
> satisfied. This may be simply because I always want to achieve
> more; maybe also because the edgebsd-6 branch (for the stable
> release) currently cannot fully build the release for the amd64 and
> i386 architectures, and I haven't managed to fix this yet.
> Apologies again.
> On another hand, we do have a stable release, with ASLR (amd64,
> i386), SSP (all supported platforms), support for root filesystem
> encryption (amd64, i386) and signed binary packages (amd64, i386)
> with LTS support (over 350 updates performed). We are managing the
> release thanks to Git as the SCM, around which we have managed to
> automate a number of processes and learned about the advantages and
> limitations. I admit again that documentation is lacking a bit.
> We also have a preliminary release of the edgebsd-7 testing branch 
> (amd64, i386), which helps fix the remaining issues of NetBSD 7 of 
> course. Packages are still missing there, but pkgsrc 2015Q1 (our
> next tentative LTS branch) is being prepared now.
> My feeling about the infrastructure is mixed too. We are currently 
> facing limitations with disk capacity, and would benefit from 
> virtualized containers for both services and builds. This is
> another objective listed below.
> I also tried to keep EdgeBSD on the map, with presence at
> conferences such as FOSDEM, AsiaBSDcon and EuroBSDcon this year, as
> well as on the BSDTV show.
> Last but not least, a number of issues in NetBSD were identified
> through our work on EdgeBSD, most of which I wouldn't have found
> myself without founding this project, and this is also one more
> reason for me to keep doing this: signing packages, SSP builds, the
> FAT bootloader and more.
> 2. Incoming tasks -----------------
> There are many, many tasks on my plate.
> Most importantly, ensuring a stable and attractive EdgeBSD 7
> release, perhaps with a switch to pkg-ng's binary package format
> (while keeping the pkgsrc infrastructure).
> More difficult, I would like to reset our Git tree. There are now
> more alternatives available to joerg@'s conversion, like from IIJ
> or from Eric S. Raymond, and I believe this is a good time to have
> a look at them. I have also identified a different way to use Git
> the way we currently do but while sparing resources, by merging our
> netbsd-src.git and edgebsd-src.git repositories together, and
> likely for netbsd-pkgsrc.git and edgebsd-pkgsrc.git. This could be
> done together with an infrastructure upgrade.
> All the while, this experience should be made beneficial to the
> NetBSD project, probably by providing CVS access to the
> infrastructure - thus experimenting with a possible migration
> plan.
> And more generally, more automation, cross-compiling packages, and
> - if we find the resources - working on deeper changes to the
> NetBSD source tree, like reducing the base system and splitting it
> in more repositories.
> 3. Conclusion -------------
> With this off my chest, I would like to thank everyone on #EdgeBSD 
> Freenode for their support, all our developers and users, and I
> hope to be able to continue to serve our communities!
> I will welcome your OpenPGP-signed votes on the mailing-list,
> until Friday 6th February 2015, 23:59 GMT. Additionally, competing
> platforms are welcome too, and I am prepared to report the election
> and give everyone time to vote again if anyone feels like taking
> the lead!
> Thank you!