Re: [RFC] switch default kernel to 7.x based
On Thu, 2008-06-12 at 00:56 +0200, Aurelien Jarno wrote:
> We currently have a high number of flavors, maybe we can reduce the
> number of flavours and provide a ZFS one with all the GPL code disabled.
> For example, I am not sure there is a big speed difference between the
> em64t and the amd64 version of the FreeBSD kernel. We can probably ship
> only one version (as it is already done for the Linux kernel). Also modern
> computers are mostly having dual- (or more) core CPU, we can maybe only
> provide an SMP version for 686 and amd64 kernels, I don't think it will
> visibly impact the speed on non-SMP machines.
Sounds like a fantastic idea.
What's involved in making ZFS happen? Do we simply need to indentify the
GPLed drivers/components in the kernel and disable them accordingly at
build time? Obviously we need the kernel and userland parts included in
our source first...
Features like ZFS are what we really need to get people interested. If
we could provide a ZFS experience as stable as a standard FreeBSD 7
system can achieve, we'd have a unique feature available that I'm sure
would attract quite a few new users.
Think about it. We'd have something I'm sure a *lot* of users would
love; a Debian system with ZFS. Coupled with things like complete PF
support, DTrace (eventually), jails (I need to get back to work on that)
and more, we can show off the amazing features that *should* be the
focal point of GNU/kFreeBSD.
But, of course, my ranting won't get anything done ;)