I’m here with some more statistics about the FreeBSD ports tree and the unmaintained ports in it. Today, I calculated the top five categories with the largest number of unmaintained ports in each:
|Category||Unmaintained Ports||Sample Ports|
There is a huge variety of software to explore in the ports tree, and if you’re interested in maintaining one or more ports, I suggest looking for something you’ve already used in the past or a piece of software in your area of interest. For instance, there are a number of astronomy and biology-related ports that could use some help!
Another great place to find ports that need some help, be it maintainership or submitting PRs to fix them, is the pointyhat build cluster status page: http://pointyhat.freebsd.org/errorlogs/.
If you’re just getting your feet wet and don’t know where to start, subscribe to the freebsd-ports mailing list or browse its archives. You’ll find a lot of questions and solutions to common problems as you learn more about the ports infrastructure.
Keep in touch,