Recent improvements with Debian GNU/kFreeBSD

Debian GNU/kFreeBSD was first released with Squeeze in last february. The “technology preview” label indicated, among other things, that it had a number of limitations when compared with what users would expect: missing features, incomplete functionality, etc.

But it has seen many noteworthy improvements since then. Here are some that I would like to mention:

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23 Responses to “Recent improvements with Debian GNU/kFreeBSD”

  1. Anton Says:

    When using X in Debian kfreeBSD you need to kill “upowerd” and “gnome-clock-app” because they consume 100% of your CPU.

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  3. » DPN n.12/2011 Debianizzati.Org Says:

    [...] networking. It is also now possible to use Debian GNU/kFreeBSD in a chroot under FreeBSD [14]. 10 : https://robertmh.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/recent-improvements-with-debian-gnukfreebsd/ 11 : http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110205a 12 : [...]

  4. Recent improvements with Debian GNU/kFreeBSD « Robert Millan's blog | Linux Blog Says:

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  5. Arnaud Says:

    while BSD obviously has it’s merits I’d have much preferred to see ZFS ported to linux TBH

  6. Статус развития Debian GNU/kFreeBSD | AllUNIX.ru – Всероссийский портал о UNIX-системах Says:

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  7. Toncho11 Says:

    Java support should be with higher priority in kFreeBSD.

  8. Recent improvements with Debian GNU/kFreeBSD | Debian-News.net - Your one stop for news about Debian Says:

    [...] Debian GNU/kFreeBSD was first released with Squeeze in last february. The “technology preview” label indicated, among other things, that it had a number of limitations when compared with what users would expect: missing features, incomplete functionality, etc. Read more here [...]

  9. B. Erzerk Says:

    What is this, a merger of equals? If you want to use Linux, use Linux. If you want to use BSD, use NetBSD.

  10. Migliorie per Debian GNU / kFreeBSD « GNUpress! Says:

    [...] “technology preview” essendo priva di alcuni componenti di base importanti. Sul blog di Rober Milian vengono resi noti consistenti miglioramenti finalmente ci sarà l’installer grafico  e [...]

  11. Jan Says:

    Wow, quite impressive list. Congratulations to all people who made it happen!

  12. neoice Says:

    is Wheezy targetting FBSD 9? it’s expected to release in Sept 2011, which should be plenty of time to make it in.

    I REALLY WANT ZFS DEDUP!

    • robertmh Says:

      As there is no official schedule for Wheezy yet, my guess is that kFreeBSD (kernel of FreeBSD) 9.0 will make it to the release.

      With kFreeBSD 8.3 (which will also support ZFS dedup) being scheduled to release shortly after 9.0, my guess would be that both kernels can make it.

      Btw, both kernels can later be backported to Squeeze.

    • Tom Says:

      I used dedup in OpenSolaris b134 (whatever the last binary download was) and hit an issue.
      I had a crash that required reimporting a valid RAID1 of a 2 TB zpool.

      My server had 3 GB RAM. Booting off the CD, it crashed before it could import the data.

      I had to use another system with more RAM (8 GB) to get to the data. My data was not lost, but it took > 8 hrs to import.

      Dedup saved about 20% for me. It wasn’t worth the downtime to me on my home system.

      The dedup savings should be balanced against the cost of RAM to support recovery and recovery time. It will also depend on how much duplication is in your data.

      I couldn’t put more RAM into the file server or $$ into buying a new one with enough RAM.

  13. Dam Says:

    Hello there,

    That fbsd 8.2 kernel, is that -STABLE or -RELEASE ?

    -RELEASE ships the mps driver MFC’d from -CURRENT, which brings support for the latest h200 RAID cards used in Dell’s r210 poweredge series.

    These servers being pretty mainstream, the difference is noteworthy.

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