Re: Some questions about the port
Alexander Schmehl wrote:
> While looking through Axel's slides (adopting them for the CeBIT talks),
> I came up with some questions he couldn't easily answer. So I ask them
> here; hopefully someone can give me easy enough answers so that I
> understand them ;)
Some of them I asked already myself, but had some half-answers I
couldn't verify yet. So I'm happy to hear the answers, too, also
because I will hold this talk a few times again.
> About the topic "Why not a BSD libc?" he wrote: "Adapting the libc to
> the kernel is way less work than patching thousands of packages to work
> with another libc, too."
> I wonder why that is so complicate. As far as I know FreeBSD offers
> many of our packages, too. So wouldn't it has been possible to take
> some of their patches? Or do you just thought, it would be easier for
> Debian to patch the libc, instead of getting several thousand packages
> patched by their respectice maintainers?
I think, it's just the last thing. I'm just not sure if this counts as
much as it did years ago (2001/2002) when Debian GNU/FreeBSD failed
and one of the reasons was the BSD libc to my knowledge.
> And last not least: What is moused (listed as "less important
> FreeBSD-specific tool").
You didn't ask me that one, did you? :-)
It's the FreeBSD equivalent of gpm: Using the mouse on the text
console. (Except that it's not a red rectangular text-mode cursor but
a real arrow in some kind of graphic mode over the text-mode of the
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