It does not make as much sense to me to make a Debian distribution around
the FreeBSD or Darwin kernels, as they are fairly platform specific. That
said, both the OpenBSD and NetBSD offer similar portability as the rest of
the Debian GNU/Linux currently does.
I would put forth that starting with the OpenBSD or NetBSD kernels and
wrapping the current Debian GNU userland around the selected BSD kernel
would be the way to go.
While the project may make available, down the road, any of the BSD kernels,
just like the current version/flavors of the Linux kernel, I think to focus
and get the project rolling the best thing to do is pick the more portable
kernels and start there.
My personal preference would be OpenBSD, as that has additional value-add of
being notoriously audited and secure. Of course we would lose the auditing
of the OpenBSD userland utilities replacing them with the Debian GNU
From: Andreas Krennmair [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2001 10:50 AM
To: Debian-BSD Mailinglist
This is a vote what system that we should take as basis for our project.
1) Which kernel?
a) OpenBSD kernel
b) NetBSD kernel
c) FreeBSD kernel
d) Darwin kernel
2) What userland
a) only the userland that came with the chosen kernel
b) "native" userland + some GNU utilities
c) mostly GNU utilities + some very system dependent userland
Vote, comment, give feedback (please).
/* let's suicide: */
- From: Andreas Krennmair <email@example.com>