Debian GNU/kFreeBSD

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Debian GNU/kFreeBSD
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OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Update method apt
Package manager dpkg
Platforms i386, amd64
Kernel type Modular kernel (kFreeBSD)
Userland GNU with GNU C Library
Preceded by Debian, FreeBSD
Official website

Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is an operating system 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.[1]

Debian popcon number of subscriptions for kfreebsd-amd64 also available for kfreebsd-i386

Debian GNU/kFreeBSD 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 due to insufficient quality.[2]

The Debian popcon registers the usage of a subset of Debian users. As of April 2015, popcon registered 96 (0.05%) kFreeBSD users, compared to 21 (0.01%) HURD users, 129 (0.07%) unknown users, 175,464 (99,86%) Linux users and 175710 users in total.[3]

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  1. ^ "Debian_GNU/kFreeBSD_why - Debian Wiki". 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
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  3. ^ "Debian Popularity Contest". Debian. Retrieved 2015-04-17. 

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