Debian GNU/kFreeBSD

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Debian GNU/kFreeBSD was a discontinued[1] GNU variant released by the Debian project. It used the kernel of FreeBSD and the ordinary Debian 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 of, which refers to the fact that the FreeBSD kernel was used. Before discontinuing the project, Debian maintained i386 and amd64 ports. The last version of Debian kFreeBSD was Debian 8 Jessie RC3.

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]

Debian GNU/kFreeBSD was created in 2002.[3] 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. The Project failed to attract enough users to justify the burden to the rest of the project.

The very first testing version of Debian GNU/kFreeBSD was created in 2002, 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 and was going to be moved to ports. The Project was killed off because of "low users" even though in fact it had more then the most unused version of Debian 32X (not to be confused with 32bit Debian). The project was killed due to Debian's move to the highly controversial System D. This is why all images were removed by February 2018 according to the Debian development mailing list.

In 2015-2016 a downstream distro named UbuntuBSD emerged. It was Based on Debian BSD. it had only 2 releases 15.10 and 16.04 build on Debian BSD 8. It was mentioned on the show "BSD Now " episode 139 Cheri-picking BSD (2016) by JupiterBroadCasting's own Allan Jude a well known FreeBSD developer and Debian BSD critic. He stated that he highly thought that the project would not last do to the issues with them in the past and considering the show focuses on a System Admin audience. The distro only lasted 2 years before being forced to shut down due to legal threats by Ubuntu's owner and founder Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical with a Cease and Desists letter to the project due to them violating Ubuntu copy rights and trade marks. This has happened to other projects such as EEEbuntu now known as EasyPeasy and recently Linux Mint.

Debian K/FreeBSD (Debian BSD)
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Written inC,C+, Python, PHP, Pearl
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateDiscontinued
Source modelOpen source
Initial releaseDebian 6 2002
Final releaseDebian 7 Wheezy
Final previewRC 3 Jessie
Marketing targetServers
Update methodapt, DPKG
Package managerAdvanced Packaging Tool (apt) (command-line frontend) and dpkg (low-levelled system)
Platformsi386, amd64
Kernel typeModular kernel (kFreeBSD)
Default user interfacecmd, XFCE, Gnome, KDE (4)
Preceded byDebian, FreeBSD, UbuntuBSD
Succeeded byGhostBSD, DesktopBSD Next, True OS

See also[edit]

  • Debian GNU/NetBSD, a Debian operating system that used the NetBSD kernel.
  • Debian GNU/Hurd, a Debian variant based on the Hurd kernel.
  • True OS, A Desktop built on FreeBSD 12 and FreeBSD 13.
  • DesktopBSD Next, a Desktop built on FreeBSD that uses the KDE desktop. Updated in 2015 with first builds in 2016.
  • Pac-BSD, fork of FreeBSD that uses the Pac-man package manager instead of PKG.
  • GhostBSD, a Distro of True OS that uses the Gnome/Mate desktop.


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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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