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[6]: Arch BSD, right?
by Nelson on Fri 25th Jan 2013 22:12 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Arch BSD, right?"
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

The Librarian of Congress has also made Jailbreaking legal and ripping DVDs fair use, so its not all bad.

The DMCA is just terrible though.

Edited 2013-01-25 22:22 UTC

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RE[7]: Arch BSD, right?
by tylerdurden on Fri 25th Jan 2013 22:23 in reply to "RE[6]: Arch BSD, right?"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

They got it right with the jailbreaking. However the librarian's exception, for ripping DVDs in the USA, only allows for educators and students not the general public.

Things are going to get weirder and weirder, as congress tries to regulate things they have the capacity to understand less and less.

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RE[8]: Arch BSD, right?
by Nelson on Fri 25th Jan 2013 22:33 in reply to "RE[7]: Arch BSD, right?"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Agreed. Hopefully as a lot of these old pasty guys die off and younger people are elected to Congress, we can see a more modern approach to technology.

Either that, or cede the decision making power to an agency that actually knows what its talking about. FCC comes to mind.

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RE[7]: Arch BSD, right?
by darknexus on Fri 25th Jan 2013 23:03 in reply to "RE[6]: Arch BSD, right?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

The Librarian of Congress has also made Jailbreaking legal

Only partially. Want to jailbreak your phone, go ahead. Want to jailbreak your iPod, your Tablet or, perhaps in the future, your PC? Too bad, you're a criminal! Plus, it's anyone's guess how long even the legal jailbreaking of phones will stand, seeing as how jailbreaking is usually the first step to third-party unlocking.

and ripping DVDs fair use, so its not all bad.

Not exactly. They've said that you are permitted, if creating a remix video or other artistic work, to rip clips from protected DVDs. The request for an exemption to rip entire DVDs and transcode them has been requested for years, and to this date, is still denied. Not that anyone actually cares, of course.

The DMCA is just terrible though.

On that point, we are in complete agreement.

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