These proposed articles can only help. I've been following this
list for a few years, I'm ready to contribute in my own small
Michael Lucas wrote:
> I understand that we're getting to that stage where we need more
> -current testers.
> We all agree that the optimal thing would be to have hordes of very
> sophisticated users who can debug problems on their own and submit
> patches to fix all their issues. I would guess that we all also agree
> that that's not going to happen.
> It seems that the best we can hope for is to educate some of the
> braver users who are ready to take the next step and are willing to
> donate some time to us.
> I'm considering doing a series of articles on testing FreeBSD-current,
> including: setting up for kernel dumps, what to type at the debugger
> prompt after a crash, filing a decent bug report, what to expect from
> -current, and so on. I would also make it clear when to not bother
> filing a bug report (i.e., "You crashed, but had no WITNESS? Sorry,
> enable WITNESS & try again."). This would be (I suspect) three
> articles, running about a month and a half.
> The last time I checked, I get 12-15 thousand readers for each
> article. One half of one percent uptake would (hopefully) be quite a
> few bug reports.
> My question to the community is: is it too early to do this? If I
> start now, the articles would probably appear April-May.
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