compile freebsd on ubuntu

Valeri Galtsev galtsev at
Wed Apr 28 14:49:53 UTC 2021

> On Apr 28, 2021, at 1:10 AM, Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at> wrote:
> On Wed, 28 Apr 2021 02:39:43 +0000
> "Thomas Mueller" <mueller6722 at> wrote:
>> My question would be the other way around, how to cross-compile Linux
>> from FreeBSD or NetBSD.
>> This would not be a full-fledged Ubuntu or other fancy distro, but more
>> comparable to FreeBSD or NetBSD base system.
> 	I'd be inclined to use a jail with a Linux userland in it, they
> work well - I have one running CUPS so that I can use the Brother binary
> drivers without losing my sanity (I tried to install them in FreeBSD CUPS
> once!).

Is the World out of postscript (or PCL) printers? (thank you, Adobe, for what you have done tin the past, postscript is one of these things!).  As one could use generic postscript (or PCL) driver. I must confess, our printers are HP mostly. We dumped Xerox for good after they started obsoleting 5 years old printers by making aftermarket supplies manufacturing unprofitable first, then stopping manufacturing supplies. Even though I do agree with xerox old motto (“We taught the world how to copy”), I dumped them for good.

We used HP for over a couple of decades. 20 years old black and white printer (HP 4050) used and abused a lot, still works. Some 5 years ago I had harder time to choose HP printers for the department, but still was able to get reliable model. No trouble to install it on CUPS print server (which lives in FreeBSD jail - FreeBSD userland in jail, not Linux). I only have one complaint about that printer: it dumps the job which comes when printer is out of paper, I have found no way around that idiocy.

I would like to hear what people use these days to print from FreeBSD. As I’ve heard complaints about HP printers department decline (on this thread, which chime with my own feeling of beginning of that process when I was looking for printers 5 years ago).


Way back there were two ways to decipher HP in addition to its "Hewlett-Packard" one.

High Price

Horse Power

Which both were true in the day - they were actually about HP measurement equipment (what has become Agilent Technologies IIRC), - these electronics measurement devices were really expensive on one hand, and they were worth every penny you paid for them on the other, justifying both of the above.


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