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posted by LaminatorX on Wednesday October 08 2014, @01:33AM   Printer-friendly
from the needs-a-systemd-port dept.

According to an email sent to the Debian debian-devel-announce mailing list by Adam D. Barratt, the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD port is in grave danger of being dropped from the upcoming Debian 8 "Jessie" release. Debian GNU/kFreeBSD runs the GNU userland tools, the GNU C library and the Debian package set on top of the FreeBSD kernel.

Barratt states:

We remain gravely concerned about the viability of this port. Despite the reduced scope, we feel that the port is not currently of sufficient quality to feature as a fully supported release architecture in Jessie.

We therefore advise the kFreeBSD porters that the port is in danger of being dropped from Jessie, and invite any porters who are able to commit to working on the port in the long term to make themselves known *now*.

We will assess the viability of kFreeBSD in Jessie on or after 1st November, and a yes/no decision will be taken at that time.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by mtrycz on Wednesday October 08 2014, @09:07AM

    by mtrycz (60) on Wednesday October 08 2014, @09:07AM (#103502)

    Short story:
    GNU created open-source alternatives to closed-source programs from the unix era, containing most of a base OS (and more) *except* the kernel. Then Throvalds stepped in and made a kernel. The whole OS is called GNU/Linux, meaning base OS utils with a Linux kernel. You can also have GNU/Hurd, meaning base OS utils with a Hurd kernel (while Linux is a macrokernel, Hurd is a microkernel), and a number of other alternatives. GNU utils have a clearly defined, stable API (coming from before GNU), and is also portable to, for eg., FreeBSD.

    Currently, with corporate sponsoring form the Red Hat, GNU/Linux is being gradually substituted with systemd/Linux (gradually refering to: the amount of utils rewritten and the rate of adoption in the open).
    The philosophy of systemd/Linux is very much against all the principles of unix philosophy (the way poeple have operated their systems for decades, and for real life proven reasons). Also systemd is notably not compatible with FreeBSD, or anything alse, it's declared Linux specific.

    While it's true that systemd is open source, it's creating a closed system, deliberately doing so.

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