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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: 2) by cykros on Wednesday October 08 2014, @08:28PM

    by cykros (989) on Wednesday October 08 2014, @08:28PM (#103760)

    While there's no direct monetary reason for them to be too happy, indirectly, it'd seem you're onto something. If the hobby crowd uses Fedora more, not only does Redhat get more testing, but they also look more attractive to employers who are less likely to get the "Yes I use Linux" from an employee only to be followed up by "Why isn't apt-get working on your systems?"

    "Learn Redhat, Know Redhat" is just as true today as it ever was. As far as I'm concerned, they're the Android of the desktop/server/workstation Linux world...and seriously have problems playing well with others. Methinks that hat is red because it's been soaked in the blood of software they've walked over. Not that I'd necessarily say they don't have a right to most anything they're doing, but why anyone puts up with it is beyond me. It'll definitely do its share to keep Unix-like Linux usage right where it was in 2000, as people leave Windows not to it, but to systemd and its dark path.

    I have to wonder if they're being a bit foolish, however. You'd think that overhauling the system that the userbase already knows how to use would work against their ability to gather more customers in the form of businesses, who absolutely need people trained to use the system in order to justify switching to it. More complexity and constant reinvention of the wheel simply can't be good business on their end.

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