Debian GNU/kFreeBSD

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Debian GNU/kFreeBSD
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DeveloperThe Debian Project
Written inC, C++, Perl, Python
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateDiscontinued
Source modelOpen-source
Initial release2002
Final releaseDebian 7
Final previewDebian 8 RC3
Package managerAPT (front-end), dpkg
Platformsi386, amd64
Kernel typeMonolithic

Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is a discontinued[1] operating system released by the Debian project. It used the FreeBSD kernel and GNU userland. The majority of software in Debian GNU/kFreeBSD was built from the same sources as Debian, with some kernel packages from FreeBSD. The k in kFreeBSD is an abbreviation for kernel, which refers to the FreeBSD kernel. Before discontinuing the project, Debian maintained i386 and amd64 ports. The last version of Debian kFreeBSD was Debian 8 (Jessie) RC3.

Debian GNU/kFreeBSD was created in 2002.[2] 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, because it failed to attract enough users to justify the burden to the rest of the project. Debian developers cited OSS, pf, jails, NDIS, and ZFS as reasons for being interested in the FreeBSD kernel.[3]

It has not not been updated since Debian 8[4]. As of July 2019, however, the operating system continues to be maintained unofficially.[5]

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  1. ^ Wiltshire, Jonathan (2014-11-09). "Release Team Sprint Results". debian-devel-announce (Mailing list).
  2. ^ Garrett, Matthew (2002-01-06). "Chrooted NetBSD environment available for testing". debian-bsd (Mailing list).
  3. ^ "Debian_GNU/kFreeBSD_why". Debian Wiki. 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "debian-bsd Jul 2019 by thread". Retrieved 2019-07-31.

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