About EdgeBSD

Wiki page by khorben on 21/08/2013 02:28:48

EdgeBSD is a new member of the family of BSD-based Operating Systems, starting development with the current NetBSD codebase with Git for Source Code Management. Package management is based on pkgsrc.


The primary goal of EdgeBSD is to provide an ambitious environment for working as a bigger community together on the NetBSD Project. This will be achieved thanks to a more modern development infrastructure, while taking a more aggressive stance on integrating and enabling features.

Ultimately, EdgeBSD should be just as fun and attractive as a Research & Development platform while delivering a modern, robust, and industrial-grade system for all ranges of computer devices.

First steps

The preliminary plan looks as follows:

  • existing features will simply be enabled and used by default (SSP, ASLR, modular kernels and Xorg, full disk encryption, securelevel...);
  • a release with these features will be delivered, based on the latest stable NetBSD branch.

Every meaningful contribution will be proposed back to the NetBSD Project.

Longer term

EdgeBSD should be as attractive a platform as possible, and use the advantages of its existing codebase to experiment on being a modern, safe, and portable Operating System. This vision currently includes:

  • advanced facilities for developers (patch management, build environments...);
  • re-organization of the base system (Git submodules, packages...);
  • a graphical installer;
  • modern package management (signed packages...);
  • alternatives to Xorg and default desktop environment;
  • ready-to-flash images for embedded devices;
  • virtualization of most components with the RUMP anykernel.


There are many ways to follow and join the project online.


The EdgeBSD Project is primarily hosted in Germany, Europe.

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