Debian FreeBSD Kernel Option Ready For Squeeze
Written by Michael Larabel in Debian on 7 October 2009 at 02:45 PM EDT. 15 Comments
Previously it was shared that the Debian team was working on bringing the FreeBSD kernel to this important Linux distribution as an option along side the Linux kernel. Today the Debian release team has announced that the FreeBSD kernel in FreeBSD (kFreeBSD) for x86 and x86_64 systems is ready and will be "handled equal with the other release ports" beginning with Debian Squeeze. Going by the name Squeeze, Debian 6.0 is expected to be released in Q2'2010, and will bring the kfreebsd-i386 and kfreebsd-amd64 ports.

As explained in today's news announcement, "Debian's main motivation for the inclusion of the FreeBSD kernel into the official release process is the opportunity to offer to its users a broader choice of kernels and also include a kernel that provides features such as jails, the OpenBSD Packet Filter and support for NDIS drivers in the mainline kernel with full support."

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