NetBSD version of a vkernel, and OSS goes BSD


Astute reader “Yair K.” sent along links to two things:

There is work being done on a “user-mode NetBSD“, which sounds quite similar to DragonFly’s vkernel(7) system.

4Front Technologies has placed their Open Sound System (discussed previously) under a BSD license, removing what I think was the only obstacle to using it in DragonFly and other BSDs.  A press release is out, too.

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  1. Nat says:

    Good to read of, I’d long hoped that OSS would go BSD so that it could fully be ported to the various operating systems out there.

  2. Joe "Floid" Kanowitz says:

    re: OSS, it seems like there’s a quiet move — or glacial landslide? — to make Pulse ( http://www.pulseaudio.org/ ) the new new standard API for audio. I think this actually works in OSS’s favor, since now the actual drivers will stand on their merits… and also for BSD users, since applications have been targeting ALSA in the interim, and Pulse will at least meet the portability problem halfway. Seems the Free world is past the first- and second- systems of esd and artsd and finally decided to split the difference.

    4front still has to figure out how to profit from this adventure, though, at least if they’re going to devote resources to continued development, if http://4front-tech.com/hannublog/ is any indication. Anyone know if they’ve found a way since the November 7 ’07 post?

  3. Joe "Floid" Kanowitz says:

    re: OSS, it seems like there’s a quiet move — or glacial landslide? — to make Pulse ( http://www.pulseaudio.org/ ) the new new standard API for audio. I think this actually works in OSS’s favor, since now the actual drivers will stand on their merits… and also for BSD users, since applications have been targeting ALSA in the interim, and Pulse will at least meet the portability problem halfway. Seems the Free world is past the first- and second- systems of esd and artsd and finally decided to split the difference.

    4front still has to figure out how to profit from this adventure, though, at least if they’re going to devote resources to continued development, if http://4front-tech.com/hannublog/ is any indication. Anyone know if they’ve found a way since the November 7 post?

    [I think this might've landed in a spambuffer for containing URLs, but I didn't see any feedback stating such, so I'm going to wind up posting a dupe.]

    [Yes it did, and I didn't catch it until now - sorry! -- Justin]

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