Arch BSD Is Still Around & Keeping It Simple
Written by Michael Larabel in BSD on 24 October 2013 at 11:19 AM EDT. Add A Comment
At the beginning of the year I wrote about a new project, Arch BSD, that aims to have Arch Linux powered atop the FreeBSD kernel. Arch BSD strives to be a lightweight and flexible BSD distribution that tries to "Keep It Simple" and nearly one year later the project is still kicking.

While Arch BSD doesn't carry the clout of Arch Linux, new users continue to discover the operating system and this week was a new Phoronix Forums thread by a reader entitled Arch BSD has arrived... It's not new information if you read by article back in January, but it sparked a new conversation.

The latest ISO release of Arch BSD was in mid-July but there continues to be new package updates as of this month in their community-operated package repository. There's also continued work on the BSD platform via the Arch BSD GitHub. At the moment Arch BSD is still just for i686 and x86_64 architectures.

If you missed the original Phoronix article on Arch BSD you can visit ArchBSD.net to try out the operating systems. Other alternatives include Starch Linux that pairs an OpenBSD kernel with the Arch user-space or the arguably best operating system that pairs a FreeBSD kernel with a complete GNU user-land is Debian GNU/kFreeBSD.
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