Subject: Re: NetBSD/Linux 'distribution'
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From: Todd Vierling <>
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Date: 02/19/1999 23:18:33
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On Fri, 19 Feb 1999, David Welton wrote:

: Someone brought up the idea of using most of the current Debian
: userland tools on top of a BSD kernel, which of course sparked
: discussions about which one might be most appropriate (at this point,
: I should note that no one has actually *done* anything about this, and
: I sort of doubt it will ever be more than speculation).


Of course, NetBSD supports _almost_-complete Linux syscall emulation.  As a
point of semantics, it would best be called `Debian GNU/NetBSD' - as there
would be no Linux kernel, it's Not Linux.

: whether we might actually get help, or if people would generally behave
: neutrally.

>From what I have personally seen of the user base, you're probably likely to
get more apathy than anything.  Sort of the `it ain't broke, don't fix it'

:  I (we) know that the BSD community in general prefers that license, and
: of course, whatever BSD kernel and software they use, so this isn't the
: question at hand, but rather, how might we be looked upon for 'taking'
: this work and using it in our own way?

NetBSD's basic licensing principle is `do what you want as long as the
author(s) get documented credit'.  Do it, if you want, and even solicit help
if you desire.

You probably won't be able to apply a GPL license to the existing NetBSD
kernel code; however, code licensed in its existing form is free for your
-- Todd Vierling (Personal; Bus.