The Debian Project has decided that with the next release, the FreeBSD kernel will be used as the basis for the distribution. This is great news for many reasons, not the least being the very mature structure of the Free BSD kernel, which has been proven under a variety of uses. Rock solid is the word that gets used for the FreeBSD kernel. Also, for the snob appeal, it would make Debian an authentic Unix, as FreeBSD is an authentic Unix, being based on BSD 4.4.
Debian project leader Steve McIntyre told iTWire: “We’ve had people working on porting Debian to other kernels for almost as long as Debian has been around. That work first started off using the GNU/Hurd kernel, but for a variety of reasons that’s not been a particularly successful project.
“More recently, there have been small groups of people looking instead at using various BSD kernels as a basis for a Debian distro. The GNU/kFreeBSD folks have now got their port to the stage where it’s just about ready to ship along with our other architectures in a stable release, and we’re hoping to do that in Squeeze.”
Other reasons that are given for the celebration are better security, support for NDIS network drivers in the kernel (making wireless much easier), a great chance of getting ZFS support into the package, and arguably greater performance of the Unix kernel over the Linux kernel.
It will also open up the rather extensive ports catalog for FreeBSD, which will make for many choices for the user (think kid in the candy store, with no one watching the register).
Another possible reason for this usage, is that in case any of the legal problems with SCO vs. Linux are deemed valid, this would clear things. This kernel is untouchable by any SCO ruling, again, because it is a real Unix, and pre-dates the work of Linus Torvalds.
The next stable version, which will feature this kernel, will be called Squeeze.
Think of it, Ubuntu on steroids!
and you’ll still be able to use Opera with it!