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GNU is Not Unix BSD Linux

Arch GNU/Linux Ported To Run On the FreeBSD Kernel 79

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the joining-wheezy-on-the-other-side dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Arch Linux distribution has been modified to run off the FreeBSD 9.0 kernel as an alternative to using Linux. The developer of Arch BSD explained his reasoning as enjoying FreeBSD while also liking the Arch Linux philosophy of a 'fast, lightweight, optimized distro,' so he sought to combine the two operating systems to have FreeBSD at its core while being encircled by Arch. The Arch BSD initiative is similar to Debian GNU/kFreeBSD."
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Arch GNU/Linux Ported To Run On the FreeBSD Kernel

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 23, 2013 @11:59AM (#42669957)

    As a longtime FreeBSD user, I am wondering why bother? I can run Linux binaries through the built-in compatibility layer since at least 7.x

    How is using the FreeBSD kernel with the GNU userland any better than running the GNU binaries directly on a full FreeBSD system? If this is to improve "desktop" usability, how does this compare to something like the PC-BSD distribution of FreeBSD?

  • by Noughmad (1044096) <miha.cancula@gmail.com> on Wednesday January 23, 2013 @12:46PM (#42670523) Homepage

    Arch appears quite portable, considering it also has a Hurd port: ArchHurd [archhurd.org].

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 23, 2013 @01:04PM (#42670719)

    Actually, I'd be interested in the opposite. A Linux kernel (wider hardware support) with BSD userland & BSD init.

  • by neurojab (15737) on Wednesday January 23, 2013 @02:03PM (#42671543)

    >I can appreciate their efforts from a technical standpoint, but in the end they used that time to create a technical novelty that in reality will not see a long term use nor large scale adoption. A sharper and more polished Arch experience would have a tremendously larger impact compared to this.

    Personally, I don't see the point to having a Linux userland with a FreeBSD kernel or vice versa. I'd much rather have a stable system with wide adoption (either Linux or FreeBSD, not some unholy hybrid), but I like the fact that this exists anyway. In the free and open source software world, anyone with interest and time on their hands can do what they want to do. This is in opposition to the closed model where a few decision makers are trying to maximize profit given their resources.

    FOSS works a lot like darwinian evolution. A lot of random mutations occur and most do not survive. A few, however, do survive and become widespread and we are better off for it. Don't think of it as wasted effort, think of it as part of the process.

  • Re:Init system (Score:3, Interesting)

    by bzipitidoo (647217) <bzipitidoo@yahoo.com> on Wednesday January 23, 2013 @06:37PM (#42674487) Journal

    LOL. I use Arch Linux, but forcing everyone to switch to systemd has me looking at other distros. Thinking Lubuntu might be the way to go. Read that Ubuntu is going to a rolling release starting in version 14.

    The Arch people get pretty nasty if you question their decisions. I asked why they made this move to systemd, and got "you're an ignoramus if you don't understand" kind of responses. Maybe they don't have a good reason? And maybe that's because there isn't a good reason to switch to systemd? The only good thing I've heard about systemd is that it boots faster.

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