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21 November 2009 @ 04:35 pm
GNOME on Debian GNU/kFreeBSD  

Since today for kfreebsd-amd64, and probably tomorrow for kfreebsd-i386 too, the gnome metapackage is installable on Debian GNU/kFreeBSD. In the end, this should hopefully give a fully functional desktop for these brand new architectures (to be included in the Squeeze release), with a few notable exceptions:

  • no power management support (DeviceKit-Power needs porting);
  • no roaming/wireless support (no support for libiw);
  • no Bluetooth support (insufficient support in the FreeBSD kernel);
  • no webcam support (no existing kernel API).

Apart from that, everything is supposed to work. So, if you want this to mean something, what we need now is some people to test the whole thing and find out if it actually does.

Do you feel like helping? Install Debian GNU/kFreeBSD on your favorite virtual machine, upgrade it to the latest sid version, and apt-get install gnome. For everything that’s not as enjoyable as it should be, report bugs.

ext_77380 on November 21st, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
IIRC; network-manager and wicd both do not support kFreeBSD yet.
np237np237 on November 21st, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Network?
Of course. I added a correction.
ext_215575 on November 21st, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to try it out!
More great news about Debian k/FreeBSD. I tried it out over a year ago and was amazed at how cool it was. Took me awhile to get Iceweasel working on it, and I thought that if I could get that going, I'd be able to use it as a daily driver. Iceweasel finally did work, but of course I got distracted! I can't wait to try it out again and now with Gnome working, using Debian k/FreeBSD as a daily driver might be a reality for me.