nanobsd, picobsd, tinybsd

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Sat Nov 10 15:10:12 PST 2007

On Sat, Nov 10, 2007 at 03:45:30PM -0600, 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...?

Because, like the software creation, the responses on the questions
list are done by volunteers.   You happened to get one who seemed
to need to respond, but didn't have any information to respond with.

You will probably also get some more useful responses.  (Sorry, I 
don't know much about nano, tiny or pico BSD except that those  words
tend to be used to imply very small)

Of course, you could try to experiment.  You could try dual-booting
the machine you have and put those on the other part.


> 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? :)
> >
> >
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