Arch Linux With The FreeBSD Kernel Seems To Have Somewhat Stalled

Written by Michael Larabel in Arch Linux on 24 October 2015 at 10:14 AM EDT. 7 Comments
From the Phoronix home-page this morning I noticed the most popular article two years ago today was about the state of Arch BSD. As it's been a while since last hearing about Arch BSD (now known as PacBSD), I decided to see what was up with the project.

Arch BSD / PacBSD is a project based on Arch Linux and using its Pacman package manager but replaces the Linux kernel with the FreeBSD kernel. PacBSD is similar in concept to Debian GNU/kFreeBSD that uses Debian's user-land but with the FreeBSD kernel. Arch BSD was renamed to PacBSD earlier this year to avoid any potential trademark issues.

While PacBSD was active as of a few months ago and there's still Git work happening, there's been nothing major to report now in some time. In fact, the PacBSD ISOs haven't been re-spun in more than one year now. Trying to access the PacBSD mailing lists also appear down. There also doesn't appear to be any package updates since July.

So unfortunately there isn't much to report on at this time about PacBSD. If any Phoronix readers know more about the state of the project, feel free to share in the forums. At least this project seems a bit more active than Arch Hurd...
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