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Re: Debian/GNU Freebsd


On Wed, 17 Feb 1999, John Goerzen wrote:

> There was a bit of discussion back when Bruce was DPL, but nothing really
> came of it.  There was so little interest that it was not pursued.  I think
> that's wise; FreeBSD kernel buys us little or nothing, and Hurd is probably
> a better path for the future.
> > 
> > Are there legal issues in the Freebsd license that blocks people to build
> > distributions based on its kernel? If not, are there some Debian developers
> > interested in developing a Debian/GNU Freebsd distribution?

I'm no FreeBSD advocate. In truth, I believe that they could use a lot of
help from us, as they're lagging behind. But that's not what I'm going to
talk about. I have a rule; I won't put down any one variant unless I'm
doing a comparison. And this isn't a comparison.

I personally can see absolutely *no* reason NOT to do Debian/GNU FreeBSD.
Nor do I see any reason not to do Debian/GNU Hurd. Or any other open
source unix variant that there is. 

True, the FreeBSD kernel buys us little or nothing, as to code and other
such things. However, it detracts absolutely nothing; it can only add to
the whole of the project, no matter how insignifigant the part it may

I've talked with a lot of webmaster types. And the word on the street is
that they prefer FreeBSD/OpenBSD/NetBSD. They handle higher loads better
than Linux, supposedly. Now, if I'm not mistaken, it's "Software in the
Public Interest." I believe that Debian/GNU (FreeBSD,OpenBSD,NetBSD) is in
the public interest. It may be a small public, as compared to Linux, but
it is still the public. 

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