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Re: "Why Debian NetBSD"



On Thu, Jan 17, 2002 at 01:13:41AM -0800, Michael Goetze wrote:
> I assume there will be some people who will want to port the GNU C library to
> Debian */*BSD if it ever becomes successful, anyways. Of course, that will open
> a whole new can of worms... but that's in the future.

I'm busy with some other projects at the moment, but I'm certainly
interested in porting glibc. I know glibc 1 used to run on 4.3BSD and
that porting glibc is basically "try to compile glibc and fill in the
missing sysdeps." I don't know much about BSD, so I need time to study
it if I would do the port.

> Now, re BSD vs NetBSD. Ideally, I'd like to see the various BSD components
> become interchangeable, e.g. it should be possible to switch from a NetBSD
> kernel to an OpenBSD kernel on a running Debian GNU/BSD system (well, after a
> reboot). Until we have enough developers to make this feasible, however, we
> might as well call it Debian GNU/NetBSD. The other case in which I would call
> it just Debian GNU/BSD is if we were to maintain our own BSD Codebase, instead
> of just tracking the NetBSD one. Of course, that would get the *BSD folks
> screaming bloody murder due to further forking.

Forking looks useless to me. I don't know how incompatible the
different BSDs are, but if we can hide it in the C library I don't
think it will be a really big problem.
 
Jeroen Dekkers
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