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Re: The project

On Sun, Jul 18, 1999 at 11:12:13PM +0200, Per Lundberg wrote:
> On Sun, 18 Jul 1999, Gary Kline wrote:
> > 	So far, just some agreements on a few basics, such as using
> > 	the BSD (FBSD) Linux-``emultation'' rather than mis-invest
> > 	endless months in re-inventing wheels.
> To be honest, I think that's a bad idea. The Linux support is (at least in
> FreeBSD) rather limited, and even if it worked it wouldn't feel as good
> as a "real" system.

Well, perhaps we can help to make it work. What doesn't work?
As I understand it, all that the kernel needs to do is Linux syscall
emulation, since standard linux libraries are used.

> But on the other hand, nothing stops us from doing both. Making a "Linux
> on BSD"-distribution will probably not take much time at all. Making a
> "real" Debian/BSD will take some longer, but most packages compile right
> out of the box. What I think will take longest is porting glibc (which is
> something that should be done anyway), but any experienced glibc hacker
> could probably do it in a weekend.

That's a fine idea, but my response is always: to whom would this be valuable?
What is the target audience of the "Debian GNU/FreeBSD" system? Are you hoping
to convert Debian GNU/Linux users, or FreeBSD users?

> I started with a freshly installed FreeBSD 3.2 system. The standard
> distribution of FreeBSD sucks (IMO of course, but since this is a Debian

Well, I'd be interested to know what you think sucks so that we can justify
our efforts in the future. I think there are some good things and some
bad things. I don't like the way that FreeBSD packages don't make an effort
to configure themselves for your system, for one thing.

Hamish Moffatt VK3SB (ex-VK3TYD). 
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