Debian GNU/kFreeBSD

Julian H. Stacey jhs at
Mon Feb 7 17:46:14 UTC 2011

> From:		"b. f." <bf1783 at> 

"b. f." wrote:
> > I have heard that Debian project has replaced the Linux kernel in
> > their distribution with FreeBSD kernel and have released Debian
> > GNU/kFreeBSD.
> > Since this version, they will release Debian
> > GNU/kFreeBSD as a "stable" port.
> > What is this all about?

> As you can see from their webpages, they replaced the Linux kernel
> with a patched FreeBSD 8.1 kernel, but kept most of the rest of the
> Debian base system and packaging system.  It's for users who prefer a
> FreeBSD kernel, but want a Debian userland and packages, and don't
> have a problem with the different licenses. Gentoo has a similar
> project:
> There are also some NetBSD-base derivatives.
> >What will be consequences for FreeBSD? Will a
> > lot of FreeBSD users move to that distribution?
> Well, only time will tell, but I doubt that either will completely
> replace the other in the near future.  There has already been some
> interaction between the two projects -- I remember a few recent
> changes made in FreeBSD because of feedback from Debian users and
> developers.
> b.
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Julian Stacey, BSD Unix Linux C Sys Eng Consultants Munich
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