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|Developer||Jordan Hubbard, Kip Macy|
|Working state||Abandoned as of 2019, no visible changes since 2016.|
|Source model||Open source|
|Latest release||Beta / 2015|
|Default user interface||Command-line interface|
NextBSD was an operating system initially based on the trunk version of FreeBSD as of August 2015. It is a fork of FreeBSD which implements new features developed on branches but not yet implemented in FreeBSD. As of 2019 the website seems defunct, and the later commits on GitHub date from July, 2016. The Wayback Machine captures of the website after 2016-12-15 are domain squatter pages and as of 2021-03-17 the site is redirecting to a fake "Apple Support" page.
The basic features of launchd, notifyd, asld, and libdispatch work.
These can be installed by cloning the NextBSD repository from GitHub, building GENERIC or MACHTEST kernels, installing a new world on an existing 10.x or CURRENT system, and then following the instructions in the README.
Launchd will start the initial jobs that are part of the repo now.
The project refers to an installer as the first planned milestone on their website.
Future plans include convert to rc and tying notifyd in to potential consumers.
NeXTBSD was announced by Jordan Hubbard and Kip Macy in August 2015 at the Bay Area FreeBSD Users Group (BAFUG).
Relationship to FreeBSD
- FreeBSD-current kernel + Mach IPC
- Common Object Runtime (create/delete/retain/release)
- Libdispatch / ASL / Libnotify
- json config files
- legacy rc system
- cooperating daemons
Mach Kernel Abstractions
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The units of resource ownership; each task consists of a virtual address space, a port right namespace, and one or more threads. (Implemented as an extension to a process.)
The units of CPU execution within a task. Simple extension to kthreads.
In conjunction with memory managers, Mach implements the notion of a sparse virtual address space and shared memory. (No modifications)
The internal units of memory management. Memory objects include named entries and regions; they are representations of potentially persistent data that may be mapped into address spaces. (Unsupported)
Secure, simplex communication channels, accessible only via send and receive capabilities (known as port rights).
Message queues, remote procedure calls, notifications, semaphores, and lock sets. (Mach semaphores and lock sets are not supported).
Clocks, timers, and waiting - (rudimentary shims).
Current BSD operating system variants support many of the common IEEE, ANSI, ISO, and POSIX standards, while retaining most of the traditional BSD behavior. Like AT&T Unix, the BSD kernel is monolithic, meaning that device drivers in the kernel run in privileged mode, as part of the core of the operating system.
A selection of significant Unix versions and Unix-like operating systems that descend from BSD includes:
- FreeBSD, an open source general purpose operating system.
- BSD Daemon
- BSD licenses
- Comparison of BSD operating systems
- List of BSD operating systems
- NextBSD website - Archive.Org capture of 2016-12-15
- PDF Slide Presentation of the NextBSD basic architecture
- Article about NextBSD y by Michael Larabel in Phoronix magazine
- NextBSD GitHub source repository
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- Peter H. Salus, Casting the Net (Addison-Wesley, March 1995; ISBN 978-0-201-87674-1)
- FreeBSD GitHub source repository
- A timeline of BSD and Research UNIX
- UNIX History – History of UNIX and BSD using diagrams
- The Design and Implementation of the 4.4BSD Operating System
- The Unix Tree: Source code and manuals for old versions of Unix
- EuroBSDCon, an annual event in Europe in September, October or November, founded in 2001
- BSDCan, a conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, held annually in May since 2004, in June since 2015
- AsiaBSDCon, a conference in Tokyo, held annually in March of each year, since 2007
- mdoc.su — short manual page URLs for FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD and DragonFly BSD, a web-service written in nginx
- BXR.SU — Super User's BSD Cross Reference, a userland and kernel source code search engine based on OpenGrok and nginx