Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 28th Apr 2003 15:48 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews Today we feature an in-depth interview with three members of FreeBSD's Core (Wes Peters, Greg Lehey and M. Warner Losh) and also a major FreeBSD developer (Scott Long). It is a long read, but we touch a number of hot issues, from the Java port to corporate backing, the Linux competition, the 5.x branch and how it stacks up against the other Unices, UFS2, the possible XFree86 fork, SCO and its Unix IP situation, even re-unification of the BSDs. If you are into (any) Unix, this interview is a must read.
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"Distro" of FreeBSD
by HEMI on Mon 28th Apr 2003 21:19 UTC

Why hasn't someone made a "distro" of FreeBSD? Mainly cause there's not much of a point to it. FreeBSD is a complete OS. "Linux" is a kernel only; most common Linux distros are the Linux kernel with tools that actually make it do neat tricks. FreeBSD already has the tools and everything as part of the OS, so there's not much reason to create multiple distributions. Organization is key to any good OS and FreeBSD is *organized*; several distributions would most likely work against the organized model FreeBSD uses.

There's nothing stopping someone from packaging up FreeBSD and doing something unique with it (I built a bootable, live-file system CD I use for backing up laptop hard drives at work using dd/split and writing to an NFS share), but it wouldn't officially be "FreeBSD" any more. When you distribute "your" version of FreeBSD it becomes "based on FreeBSD," not FreeBSD.