Re: Re: Debian BSD.. cool idea
On Sun, 30 Jan 2000, Steve Shorter wrote:
# I would like GNU tools, debian package system, debian userland
# with a FreeBSD kernel as an "out of the box" thing.
Which GNU tools would you like on FreeBSD that it doesn't
already provide equivalents for? You'll find that many of
them _are_ the GNU versions. The others are functional
equivalents under a different license. Or is the fact that
they aren't under the GNU license part of the problem?
I did a port of dpkg version 220.127.116.11 about a year ago and
provided it recently to someone else on this list. I believe
he used it to build a small set of packages but I don't know
where they are. What about dpkg, apt-get, ... doesn't pkg_*
and the ports collection provide? They are different
implementations that solve nearly the same set of problems in
virtually the same way. Their interfaces are different, but I
can't readily think of anything that I can do with Debian's
tools that I can't do with FreeBSD's tools with equal ease.
What does Debian userland provide that FreeBSD and the
ports collection don't?
Sorry for the silly questions, but I've seen these same
words as a part of nearly every thread on this list. I've
yet to see a quantification of how Debian's userland differs
significantly from FreeBSD's userland or answers to any of
the other questions that I pose. These are the sort of
questions that need to be answered. It would be nice to have
a list of goals/objectives for Debian/BSD that shows how it
will combine the best of both worlds.
If you haven't already you might want to install FreeBSD on
a box next to your Debian machine(s) and do a study of how
they differ and what one has that the other doesn't. I have
Debian on a box here and I'm doing just that. :)