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One of the benefits of the FreeBSD development model is a focus on centralized design and implementation, in which the operating system is maintained in a central repository, and discussed on centrally maintained lists. This allows for a high level of coordination between authors of various components of the system, and allows policies to be enforced over the entire system, covering issues ranging from architecture to style. However, as the FreeBSD developer community has grown, and the rate of both mailing list traffic and tree modifications has increased, making it difficult even for the most dedicated developer to remain on top of all the work going on in the tree.

The FreeBSD Monthly Development Status Report attempts to address this problem by providing a vehicle that allows developers to make the broader community aware of their on-going work on FreeBSD, both in and out of the central source repository. This is the first issue, and as such is an experiment. For each project and sub-project, a one paragraph summary is included, indicating progress since the last summary (in this case, simply recent progress, as there have been no prior summaries).

This status report may be reproduced in whole or in part, as long as the source is clearly identified and appropriate credit given.

Future Editions

Assuming there is some positive feedback on this idea, and that future submissions get made such that there is content for future issues, the goal is to release a development status report once a month. As such, the next deadline will be July 31, 2001, with a scheduled publication date in the first week of August. This will put the status report on a schedule in line with the calendar, as well as providing a little over a month until the next deadline, which will include a number of pertinent events, including the Annual USENIX Technical Conference in Boston, MA. Submissions should be e-mailed to:

Many submitters will want to wait until the last week of July so as to provide the most up-to-date status report; however, submissions will be accepted at any time prior to that date.

-- Robert Watson < >

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