FreeBSD distribution for ARM processors.

Mark Felder feld at
Thu Oct 24 15:19:32 UTC 2013

On Thu, Oct 24, 2013, at 8:24, Lowell Gilbert wrote:
> "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.

ARM-based may soon be coming to a datacenter near you. We might have to
find a way to support them like any other arch. Of course embedded will
likely continue to be unpredictable.

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