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Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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FreeBSD Development

There's an old saying that managing programmers is like herding cats. Despite the fact that the FreeBSD development team is scattered across the world and speaks dozens of languages, for the most part, the members work well together as parts of the FreeBSD team. They're more like a pride of lions than a collection of house cats. Unlike some other projects, all FreeBSD development happens in public. Three groups of people are responsible for FreeBSD's progress: committers, contributors, and users.

Committers

FreeBSD has about 500 developers, or committers. Committers have read-and-write access to the FreeBSD master source code repository and can develop, debug, or enhance any piece of the system. (The term committer comes from ...

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