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Old 26th August 2013
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Default EdgeBSD - a new NetBSD fork

After last year's OpenBSD fork Bitrig now we're getting EdgeBSD which in its turn forked from NetBSD. A very ambitious project with lots of interesting things, which however raises a question why go to fork NetBSD instead of trying to implement these ideas within the project.. may be because the core community is against it? The guy who launched this project seems to be the same person as the one behind DeforaOS, also known for porting NetBSD to mobile devices. Here's his objectives:

EdgeBSD was at FrOSCon, talk Saturday 24th at 12:45 (C116/Lisp room) http://programm.froscon.org/2013/events/1291.html (slides available)

About EdgeBSD

Wiki page by khorben on 21/08/2013 02:28:48
EdgeBSD is a new member of the family of BSD-based Operating Systems, starting development with the current NetBSD codebase with Git for Source Code Management. Package management is based on pkgsrc.


The primary goal of EdgeBSD is to provide an ambitious environment for working as a bigger community together on the NetBSD Project. This will be achieved thanks to a more modern development infrastructure, while taking a more aggressive stance on integrating and enabling features.
Ultimately, EdgeBSD should be just as fun and attractive as a Research & Development platform while delivering a modern, robust, and industrial-grade system for all ranges of computer devices.

First steps

The preliminary plan looks as follows:
- existing features will simply be enabled and used by default (SSP, ASLR, modular kernels and Xorg, full disk encryption, securelevel...);
- a release with these features will be delivered, based on the latest stable NetBSD branch.
Every meaningful contribution will be proposed back to the NetBSD Project.

Longer term

EdgeBSD should be as attractive a platform as possible, and use the advantages of its existing codebase to experiment on being a modern, safe, and portable Operating System. This vision currently includes:
- advanced facilities for developers (patch management, build environments...);
- re-organization of the base system (Git submodules, packages...);
- a graphical installer;
- modern package management (signed packages...);
- alternatives to Xorg and default desktop environment;
- ready-to-flash images for embedded devices;
- virtualization of most components with the RUMP anykernel.


EdgeBSD users and developers can be found on the #EdgeBSD channel on the freenode IRC network.
A web interface for the Git development trees can be found at git.edgebsd.org.
More services are being brought up and will be provided soon (mailing-lists, wiki...).


EdgeBSD is primarily hosted in Germany, Europe.

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