DotNet Core on FreeBSD

Russell Haley russ.haley at
Mon Sep 11 05:03:36 UTC 2017

On Sun, Sep 10, 2017 at 9:59 PM, Russell Haley <russ.haley at> wrote:
> Hey Marcin,
> So I just read the Contribution License Agreement and I didn't see
> anything untoward.
> Just remember all these projects are MIT, Apache 2 or CC license. I
> think bringing this code into FreeBSD is a bonkers good idea. (Kaboom!
> lolz). Especially if you think about how much proprietary code is out
> there on Windows that people will want to protect. A FreeNAS style
> management console would make FreeBSD a particularly attractive offer
> over GPL licensed OSes for companies to create appliance style systems
> (physical or virtual, a-la FreeNAS). Jails become yet another great
> way to distribute proprietary code.
> Sony PS 3&4, NetApp and now Nintendo Switch are all great examples of
> what you can do with FreeBSD in a proprietary system.
> Dot Net Core also opens up Arm based systems on FreeBSD in some ways
> because it's specifically designed do be modular. I don't think Mono
> has built on Arm for a long time and the performance of Mono has been
> a problem of note.
> Russ

I'm trying to perform due diligence because I want to throw some time
into this. Avoiding GPL and other encumbering licenses is important to
me. I had to know myself so I made this list of licenses: - Microsoft - - MIT - MIT - MIT - MIT - MIT - MIT - MIT - MIT - MIT - A2 - A2 - A2 - CC - CC


> On Sun, Sep 10, 2017 at 8:52 AM, Russell Haley <russ.haley at> wrote:
>> Sorry for the top post,
>> Marcin, can you expand on your thoughts about the contributor license? This has been one of the concerns of mine‎ (part of the pedanticism). I didn't get a chance to read the doc itself yet.
>> Russ
>> Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Virgin Mobile network.
>>   Original Message
>> From: Marcin Cieslak
>> Sent: Sunday, September 10, 2017 1:13 AM
>> To: Russell Haley
>> Cc: David Naylor; Geoffrey Huntley; Freebsd-mono; freebsd-advocacy at; freebsd-ports at
>> Subject: Re: DotNet Core on FreeBSD
>> On Sun, 10 Sep 2017, Russell Haley wrote:
>>> Hey guys,
>>> I am talking to Karel and Tomas at Microsoft's DotNet Core Team about
>>> putting together a "proposal" for community involvement, which will be
>>> followed by more information on this list. Most of the talk has been
>>> me blowing air and being pedantic about nothing (I get excited and
>>> type alot).
>> I was tinkering around FreeBSD support when dotnet core was first published.
>> Stack unwinding for exceptions was very hacky at the time, and there were
>> some unnecessary discussions about how to implement some FreeBSD sepecific
>> sysctl's. I got a bit frustrated with that (a whole porting effort is about
>> coercing Unix to offer part of Win32 APIs).
>> It was somewhat running on FreeBSD natively back then, haven't checked
>> recently.
>> I have also decided not to sign their bad contributor agreement
>> and some of the sysctl code I decided to put in mono instead :)
>> Marcin
>> saper on github

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