nanobsd, picobsd, tinybsd

Garrett Cooper youshi10 at
Sat Nov 10 14:11:48 PST 2007

John Smith wrote:
> I'd expected a more level headed reply from this FreeBSD list. How is
> a newbie supposed to know the differenced and how can I test this if I
> don't have a spare machine?
> My question was more out of interest. This mailing list is called
> FreeBSD-Questions, so why can't I asked a reasonable question and
> expect a reasonable reply...?
> On Nov 10, 2007 9:40 AM, Giorgos Keramidas <keramida at> wrote:
>> On 2007-11-09 17:01, John Smith <johnjgsmith at> wrote:
>>> Can anybody please explain to my what the differences are between
>>> nanobsd, picobsd and tinybsd.
>>> They all seem to be doing the same (creating a minimal FreeBSD image
>>> that can be used in embedded systems), or is this not right?
>> What don't you experiment with them, and see? :)

Please read the explanations on each page. You'll find that they differ 
as follows: -- TinyBSD (I emphasize the words 
"tools", "scripts", "development", and "dynamically linked"). 
-- nanobsd (sounds like a complete, read-only system). -- picobsd (obsolete; replaced by 
nanobsd according to the Wiki page).


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