Debian GNU/kFreeBSD

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Debian GNU/kFreeBSD
Horned logo.svg
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateDiscontinued
Source modelOpen source
Update methodLTS
Package managerAdvanced Packaging Tool (apt) (command-line frontend) and dpkg (low-levelled system)
Platformsi386, amd64
Kernel typeModular kernel (kFreeBSD)
UserlandGNU with GNU C Library
Preceded byDebian, FreeBSD

Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is a discontinued[1] GNU variant released by the Debian project. It uses the kernel of FreeBSD combined with a GNU based userland and glibc. The majority of software in Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is built from the same sources as Debian GNU/Linux. The k in kFreeBSD is an abbreviation for kernel of, which refers to the fact that only the kernel of FreeBSD operating system is used. The Debian project maintains two ports based on the FreeBSD kernel, "kfreebsd-i386" and "kfreebsd-amd64".

Debian developers have cited OSS, pf, jails, NDIS, ZFS and central management of code licenses as reasons for being interested in the FreeBSD kernel.[2]

A very first testing version of Debian GNU/kFreeBSD was created in 2002,[3] and then it was included in Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) as a "technology preview", and in Debian 7.0 (Wheezy) as an official port. Debian GNU/kFreeBSD was discontinued as an officially supported platform as of Debian 8.0.

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  2. ^ "Debian_GNU/kFreeBSD_why - Debian Wiki". 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  3. ^ "Chrooted NetBSD environment available for testing". 2002-01-06.

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