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Debian and its clones Debian developer Robert Millan talks about recent improvements with Debian GNU/kFreeBSD in the past few weeks.
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Why FreeBSD kernel?
by theosib on Thu 4th Aug 2011 19:55 UTC
theosib
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2006-03-02

This is a serious question. These people are basically just taking everything we normally run on top of Linux and instead making it work on top of a FreeBSD kernel.

It seems to me that Linux tends to get a lot more developer attention than FreeBSD. It seems plausble, therefore, that Linux may be generally further ahead in terms of performance and other advancements.

So what is the advantage of switching to the FreeBSD kernel? I mean, why are they motivated to do it? And why would anyone want to use this?

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RE: Why FreeBSD kernel?
by Radio on Thu 4th Aug 2011 20:41 in reply to "Why FreeBSD kernel?"
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2009-06-20
RE[2]: Why FreeBSD kernel?
by orestes on Fri 5th Aug 2011 07:45 in reply to "RE: Why FreeBSD kernel?"
orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

It seems they left out "Stallman wants another obnoxiously awkward name mashup to inflict upon the heathens"

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v RE[2]: Why FreeBSD kernel?
by static666 on Fri 5th Aug 2011 08:03 in reply to "RE: Why FreeBSD kernel?"
RE: Why FreeBSD kernel?
by Abacus_ on Fri 5th Aug 2011 09:21 in reply to "Why FreeBSD kernel?"
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2006-12-08

So what is the advantage of switching to the FreeBSD kernel? I mean, why are they motivated to do it? And why would anyone want to use this?


As far as I know the main reason why people invest in the FreeBSD kernel is because some companies prefer a kernel that they can customize without having to publish their modifications.

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RE: Why FreeBSD kernel?
by pfgbsd on Fri 5th Aug 2011 18:05 in reply to "Why FreeBSD kernel?"
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2011-03-12

This is a serious question. These people are basically just taking everything we normally run on top of Linux and instead making it work on top of a FreeBSD kernel.

It seems to me that Linux tends to get a lot more developer attention than FreeBSD. It seems plausble, therefore, that Linux may be generally further ahead in terms of performance and other advancements.


I think you are wrong, FreeBSD does better in many things, but Phoronix did an independent analysis for the specific Debian kFreeBSD effort:

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=debian_kfreebsd_...

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RE[2]: Why FreeBSD kernel?
by antik on Fri 5th Aug 2011 20:34 in reply to "RE: Why FreeBSD kernel?"
antik Member since:
2006-05-19

I always wonder, why every time Phoronix compares different Linux and FreeBSD versions that does not mach development cycle? If you compare current Linux then you should compare it to FreeBSD 9 development (now Beta1) not 8.something. And they always leave debugging on- of course FreeBSD will be slower.

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