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Bits from the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD porters

Hello, Debian world!

This is a status update for the Debian GNU/FreeBSD port[1]. This port consists of two architectures: kfreebsd-i386 and kfreebsd-amd64.


 * We have uptodate toolchain (including java on both architectures)
   and most of the core Debian packages are in good shape.

 * GNU/kFreeBSD kernel and related utilities are currently based
   on FreeBSD 6.2 stable release (released in January 2007)

 * One unofficial buildd is up and running for kfreebsd-amd64, for
   kfreebsd-i386 we have even two unofficial buildds in two independent
   locations, buildd logs for kfreebsd-i386 are available at [2].

 * There is a DD-accessible porting machine running kfreebsd-i386.

 * For kfreebsd-i386, over 82% source packages have been built,
   kfreebsd-amd64 is slightly behind kfreebsd-i386 here.
   Over 95% of ever-built packages are up-to-date.
   See [3], [4], [5].

 * We want to be in official archive, see #369797,

Short term plans (Etch)

Currently we have reasonable subset of Etch packages [5], but the number
of unmerged patches [6] is still too high. So doing real Etch release looks difficult. Instead, we plan to release snapshot of sid in time of Etch release for both kfreebsd-i386 and kfreebsd-amd64.

We need your help

 * as ftpmaster, could you please take a look at #369797.

* as package maintainer, could you please look at BTS whether there is a kfreebsd submission and integrate it. In many cases, it is sufficient to (auto)update config.sub/config.guess or use recent libtool. See [6]. Upload to unstable is sufficient for us.

* as NMUer, please could you look at kfreebsd submission in BTS (in addition to usual translations).

The Debian GNU/kFreeBSD porters

[1] http://wiki.debian.org/Debian_GNU/kFreeBSD
[2] http://experimental.ftbfs.de/
[3] http://unstable.buildd.net/buildd/kfreebsd-i386_stats
[4] http://unstable.buildd.net/buildd/kfreebsd-amd64_stats
[5] http://glibc-bsd.alioth.debian.org/NOTES
[6] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?tag=kfreebsd;users=glibc-bsd-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org;pri0=pending:pending,forwarded,pending-fixed,fixed;ttl0=Outstanding,Forwarded,Pending%20Upload,Fixed%20in%20NMU;pri1=pending%3dpending%2btag%3dwontfix,pending%3dpending%2btag%3dmoreinfo,pending%3dpending%2btag%3dpatch,pending%3dpending%2btag%3dconfirmed,pending%3dpending;ttl1=Will%20Not%20Fix,More%20information%20needed,Patch%20Available,Confirmed,Unclassified;ord1=2,3,4,1,0,5

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