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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Arch BSD, right?
by moondevil on Fri 25th Jan 2013 09:55 UTC
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2005-07-08

I fail to see how this can be called Arch Linux if is making use of a BSD kernel.

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RE: Arch BSD, right?
by Laurence on Fri 25th Jan 2013 11:42 in reply to "Arch BSD, right?"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I fail to see how this can be called Arch Linux if is making use of a BSD kernel.

It's not called 'Arch Linux'. It's called 'Arch BSD'. Just like Arch's Hurd variant is called 'Arch Hurd'.

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It might also be worth pointing out that the OSNews headline isn't the same as the linked article's, which reads: Arch BSD: Arch Linux Atop The FreeBSD Kernel

Edited 2013-01-25 11:43 UTC

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RE[2]: Arch BSD, right?
by the_randymon on Fri 25th Jan 2013 12:47 in reply to "RE: Arch BSD, right?"
the_randymon Member since:
2005-07-06

Original submitter here. The title I'd originally proposed was, "What do you get when you cross ArchLinux and FreeBSD?"

As to the question, "why do something like this, when Arch has a limited number of followers and FreeBSD has a limited number of followers?" the answer is clearly, "to see if we can do it." It's the best answer for half of the cool stuff that hackers and tinkerers do, these days. Be glad we can tinker at all - the massive gadget/device lockdown isn't far off, I'd say.

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