Re: Debian/GNU Freebsd
On Thu, Feb 18, 1999 at 04:27:16PM -0600, =>Merlin<= wrote:
> I don't see any point to this entire debate - FreeBSD is just another
> kernel. If people want to work on it, fine.
> GNU is already doing Hurd as well as Linux, so what is wrong with a
> BSD? Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that more of the conflict
> comes from the fact that _Debian_ does Debian _Linux_, while _GNU_
> is more varied. All GNU programmers work under the same principles,
> but they are not necessarily Linux programmers. "Debian" is Linux,
> whereas this would be something else that would probably need is own
sorry, that's wrong. Debian is not Linux. Debian is Debian.
currently, the only released version of Debian runs on the Linux kernel.
there is also a work-in-progress to make debian run on the HURD kernel,
this is Debian GNU/HURD and it has nothing at all to do with Linux.
there's a lot more to debian than just the kernel - the most important
parts of debian (i.e. what makes debian so good) are unrelated to the
kernel...they are: the dpkg package manager and related utilities,
the free software volunteer development model, and most importantly,
debian's technical and development policies.
to me, this is a very important distinction. i could quite happily
switch kernels if something better than linux came along, but i would
hate to switch from debian....i'm reminded of this every day when i have
to use non-debian systems like the solaris boxes i have at work, or when
i have to work on a RH box or (worse) slackware.
if i could have debian's package management and packages conforming to
debian policy running on top of solaris then i wouldn't mind solaris so
in short: i like linux a lot, but i like debian even more.
ps: i recall seeing projects in the past to make a debian/solaris
and even a debian/hpux but they seem to have died out due to lack of