Linked by the_randymon on Fri 25th Jan 2013 09:21 UTC
Linux After about a year of work, the ArchLinux distribution now offers a variant running on the FreeBSD kernel. Says the developer, "Why would I do this? If like me, you enjoy FreeBSD and love it, but also like the philosophy behind Arch Linux, which is a fast, lightweight, optimized distro, I figured why not combine the both. Even though you could just do it on FreeBSD using the ports, not everyone wants to compile." This now puts Arch in the same category as Debian with Debian GNU/KFreeBSD, which offers a Debian userland on top of a FreeBSD kernel.
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RE: Comment by Soulbender
by Laurence on Fri 25th Jan 2013 11:39 UTC in reply to "Comment by Soulbender"
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While I do agree with you, as a user of both FreeBSD and Arch, I am quite excited by this.

The real question is whether Arch's full repos (baring stuff that ties directly into the kernel - for obvious reasons) and AUR are available. But with those combined, Arch has one of the largest collections of software available for it.

The only thing that stops me from running FreeBSD on the desktop more (I have done in the past, but mainly I use FreeBSD on servers) is because Linux has more software developed for it. (and while I could always port the rare few apps that aren't available for FreeBSD, I do that every for work - so cannot be bothered to do that for 'fun' as well).

This is all just my personal views though. I'm sure plenty on here will disagree. Particularly as there seems to be a lot of rivalry between Linux and FreeBSD (which I've never really understood as it's all just open source software with the same basic ideals anyway. But such is life).

Anyhow, I'm definitely going to give "ArchBSD" a play this weekend.

Edited 2013-01-25 11:40 UTC

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