Question : Developing/Making FreeBSD derivative.

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Mon Apr 11 14:55:15 UTC 2011

On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 06:56:53AM -0700, Stefan N wrote:

> Hi Christer,
> As there are many parts of the source 
> code(from bin,cddl,contrib......usr.sbin), 
> which part(s) of source code do I need to modify?

That is a strange question.   I guess the answer is 'Yes'

It depends on what you want to be changed in your new version.

For example, I would guess that you would take an interest in making 
your own user environment/interface.   Well, that would involve doing
stuff from X11 most likely and most probably more of configuration
changes than code changes.

Then there is a whole long list of things people want added/fixed/
modified on the system.   You might want to check that out for

Probably you need to learn a lot more about the existing system
before you go to making a custom version.


> Regards,
> Stefanus
> ________________________________
> From: Christer Solskogen <christer.solskogen at>
> To: Stefan N <stefanbsdfan at>
> Cc: freebsd-questions at
> Sent: Mon, April 11, 2011 7:51:50 PM
> Subject: Re: Question : Developing/Making FreeBSD derivative.
> On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 6:44 AM, Stefan N <stefanbsdfan at> wrote:
> > My name is Stefan and I am newbie with FreeBSD but I'm interested to learn 
> more
> > about FreeBSD . I am keen to know and learn more on  the process to make a new
> > BSD's derivative/fork  from FreeBSD ?
> >
> You change the source code and compile
> > How is the method for customizing/remastering FreeBSD ? The most interesting
> > part is that if we could make the new fork of FreeBSD with its own uname. If I
> > could make my own BSD derivative and used StefanBSD as its uname, it would be
> > awesome.
> The method is really simple, actually. You change the source code and compile.
> Good luck!
> -- 
> chs
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