Benchmarking Debian’s GNU/kFreeBSD

There has been an effort underway within the Debian development community to pull the FreeBSD kernel within this distribution to provide an alternative to using the Linux kernel. In essence with this Debian GNU/kFreeBSD project you have the standard Debian package set providing a GNU user-land with a GNU C library, but the FreeBSD kernel is running underneath. The Debian project has also been working on Debian GNU/Hurd to effectively do the same thing but with the GNU Mach microkernel. But unlike Debian GNU/Hurd, with the release of Debian 6.0 “Squeeze”, Debian GNU/kFreeBSD will reach a release status. With the Debian Squeeze release being just two months away we have decided to provide the first public set of benchmarks that compare the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD performance to that of Debian GNU/Linux. We have tested both the 32-bit and 64-bit builds of Debian with the Linux

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Sponsoring FreeBSD

iX Systems has created a simple web based application for posting bounties, getting developers and sponsors on board, posting the committed code in a browser viewable format, and then handle final payout upon completion.


I don’t know current the sponsorbsd website is, since the test projects are quite dated. Maybe Matt from iXsystems can leave a comment here when he reads this and give us an update on how current the website is.

It’s definitely a good idea, I think.

FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report (Oct – Dec 2009)

The FreeBSD’s quarterly status report for 2009 Q4 is now available:

This report covers FreeBSD related projects between October and December 2009. This is the last of the four reports covering 2009, which has shown to be a very important year for the FreeBSD Project. Besides other notable things, a new major version of FreeBSD, 8.0-RELEASE, has been released, while the release process for 7.3-RELEASE is soon to begin.

Table of Contents

Google Summer of Code

  • BSD-licensed iconv


  • 3G USB support
  • Clang replacing GCC in the base system
  • FreeBSD TDM Framework
  • HAST — Highly Available Storage
  • Intel XScale hwpmc(9) support
  • POSIX utmpx for FreeBSD
  • SUJ — Journaled SoftUpdates
  • The webcamd deamon

FreeBSD Team Reports

  • FreeBSD Bugbusting Team
  • FreeBSD Release Engineering
  • The FreeBSD Foundation Status Report

Network Infrastructure

  • bwn(4) — Broadcom Wireless driver
  • IP Payload Compression Protocol support
  • Ralink wireless RT2700U/2800U/3000U run(4) USB driver
  • Syncing pf(4) with OpenBSD 4.5
  • Wireless mesh networking


  • CAM-based ATA implementation
  • Group Limit Increase
  • NFSv4 ACL support
  • V4L support in Linux emulator


  • The FreeBSD German Documentation Project
  • The FreeBSD Hungarian Documentation Project
  • The FreeBSD Spanish Documentation Project


  • Flattened Device Tree for embedded FreeBSD
  • FreeBSD/ia64
  • FreeBSD/mips
  • FreeBSD/sparc64


  • Chromium web browser
  • Ports Collection
  • VirtualBox on FreeBSD

Vendor / 3rd Party Software

  • DAHDI (Zaptel) support for FreeBSD
  • NVIDIA amd64 driver


  • AsiaBSDCon 2010 — The BSD Conference
  • BSDCan 2010 — The BSD Conference
  • meetBSD 2010 — The BSD Conference
  • The FreeBSD Forums

Userland utilities

  • BSD-licensed text processing tools

Read the report