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 is being achieved thanks to a modern development infrastructure, while taking an aggressive stance on integrating and enabling features.

Ultimately, EdgeBSD aims at being fun and attractive as a Research & Development platform while remaining a modern, robust, and industrial-grade system for all ranges of computer devices.

First steps

The preliminary plan is as follows:

  • existing features are enabled and used by default (SSP, ASLR, modular kernel, modular Xorg, full disk encryption, securelevel...)
  • a release with these features is available continuously, based on the latest stable NetBSD branch.

Every meaningful contribution is to be proposed back to the NetBSD Project once sufficiently tested.

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 based on the DeforaOS desktop;
  • ready-to-flash images for embedded devices;
  • virtualization of 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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