Roman Garnett wrote:
> Sorry to write to this clearly inactive list, but does anyone know
> where I can learn more about the development status of Gentoo/FreeBSD?
> I'd really like to use Gentoo + FreeBSD 7. I discovered that drizzt
> made an overlay to work with an older version of FreeBSD 7. Has any
> more work been done in this direction?
> Confession: I really want ZFS.
Ah, another ZFS fan! :)
First, yep, I agree that going to IRC (freenode, channel #gentoo-bsd) is the
best way. I found the same thing when I got involved in the project: this
list looked fairly dead, but the IRC channel was active.
I got involved in Gentoo/FreeBSD for the same reason (liking Gentoo's way of
doing things, but wanting to play with BSD). In fact, I became a Gentoo
developer, intially for that project. Since then, I ran into some
showstoppers on BSD, causing me to need to wipe out my g/fbsd installations
and load Gentoo Linux. As a result, I became almost completely inactive on
the g/fbsd project, and I've moved my Gentoo development focus elsewhere for
After some discussions at work about silent corruption of large data (we are
thinking of installing petabytes of storage), I became interested in the
problem, and I went back and tried ZFS on fbsd 7.0. Pretty cool, but I ran
into some ATA DMA issues that are still mysteries in the FreeBSD world, it
seems (at least last I heard) as well as some scheduler/mouse jerkiness issues
that caused me, again, to have to abandon FreeBSD for the time being.
Now I am actively using "btrfs" - another up and coming filesystem that does
checksumming for data integrity.
Anyway, sorry for the long story - if you want to read more on my thoughts on
ZFS and btrfs, see my blog:
Good luck with your endeavors!
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