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[2]: Arch BSD, right?
by the_randymon on Fri 25th Jan 2013 12:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Arch BSD, right?"
the_randymon
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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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RE[3]: Arch BSD, right?
by Laurence on Fri 25th Jan 2013 12:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Arch BSD, right?"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Be glad we can tinker at all - the massive gadget/device lockdown isn't far off, I'd say.

Already happening. As of Saturday, it will be illegal to unlock phones in the US.

God bless the land of the free and inventors of the open market. <_<

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RE[4]: Arch BSD, right?
by Soulbender on Fri 25th Jan 2013 13:12 in reply to "RE[3]: Arch BSD, right?"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

As of Saturday, it will be illegal to unlock phones in the US.


....say what? I can't really comprehend what I just read. It doesn't compute.
Are you sure you're not talking about North Korea or Cold War-era Eastern bloc states?

In some ways I miss the cold war. Sure, we almost blew ourselves up but at least there was some checks and balances and a "lets not be as bad as those guys" attitude.

(Edit: A Google search later and my brain just stops working. "This comes into effect under concerns of national security". WTF?? Did I just step into Orwell's 1984?)

Edited 2013-01-25 13:24 UTC

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RE[4]: Arch BSD, right?
by nbensa on Fri 25th Jan 2013 15:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Arch BSD, right?"
nbensa Member since:
2005-08-29

Already happening. As of Saturday, it will be illegal to unlock phones in the US.


unlock like in "unlock carrier" or unlock like in "I want to run another kernel on this device"?

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