FreeBSD distribution for ARM processors.

John W. Kitz John.Kitz at
Thu Oct 24 14:15:00 UTC 2013


Thanks. Do you expect this current position to change in the near future?

The reason I'm asking is the fact that I get the impression that there may
be developments in the area of hardware development such as the cubietruck
which move ARM based systems closer to general purpose platforms based on
architectures such as i386, AMD, SPARC, etc. and which might warrant such a
change provided that it is feasible from a perspective of distribution
packaging of course.

Regards, Jk.
-----Original Message-----
From: Lowell Gilbert [mailto:freebsd-questions-local at] 
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2013 3:24 PM
To: John.Kitz at
Cc: freebsd-questions at
Subject: Re: FreeBSD distribution for ARM processors.

"John W. Kitz" <John.Kitz at> writes:

> Can someone please explain the rationale behind not providing a 
> distribution for arm based systems, as it seems somewhat illogical to 
> me that distributions are available for ia64, powerpc, sparc64 (see
> which are considered Tier 2 
> architectures while the official reason for arm being a Tier 2 
> architecture is the fact that no distribution is provided for it (see 

The ARM port is mostly used for embedded work, for which a formal
distribution would not be helpful. There really aren't many standards for
peripherals beyond i2c, so it wouldn't be possible to support different
ARM-based devices with a single distribution.

Be well.

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