NetBSD 5.0 looks cool

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Thu Feb 18 10:36:33 UTC 2010

On Thu, 18 Feb 2010 14:09:54 +0530, Masoom Shaikh <masoom.shaikh at> wrote:
> here is excellant intoduction to NetBSD-5.0
> certain statements are very impressive in those slides like "Build any
> NetBSD platform from any POSIX environment"
> $ uname -s -m
> Linux i686
> $ cd netbsd-src
> $ ./ -m sparc64 release
> develop and test 32 bits apps on 64 bit env
> cc -m 32
> does FreeBSD has those two features ?

NetBSD needs a *very* minimal set of POSIX tools to build, e.g. you can
get away with an sh(1) utility and a pretty basic make(1) tool.  They
have really done a magnificent job at constructing a build system that
can bootstrap itself from a tiny set of build tools.

FreeBSD also has _some_ of the necessary build glue to do similar sort
of stuff, but AFAIK we only support cross-building from one FreeBSD
architecture to another FreeBSD architecture.  So you need to have at
least *some* version of FreeBSD to build another.

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