NetBSD 5.0 looks cool

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Sat Feb 20 19:56:42 UTC 2010

On Thu, 18 Feb 2010 07:32:20 -0800 (PST), Abdullah Ibn Hamad Al-Marri <wearabnet at> wrote:
> Giorgos Keramidas <keramida at> wrote:
>> 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.
> How about these bench vs FreeBSD?!

NetBSD 5.0 is indeed a major step forward for NetBSD.  This presentation
was what convinced me to give NetBSD a try back when 5.0 came out.  I
have been running it at home for a while now.

The only systems I have at home right now are FreeBSD and NetBSD.  There
are both nice systems; I like both of them and it's very nice to see how
BSD is definitely *not* dying by using the various BSDs and seeing how
they keep moving forward :-)

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