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PS4's Orbis OS Heavily Based on FreeBSD

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June 28, 2013 10:09:18 AM

This is great news! I love FreeBSD, but the lack of a good AMD driver for newer video cards seriously hurts implementation for things like HTPC, etc. This has the potential for two good outcomes:

1. Sony/AMD contribute back to the BSD community, allowing the drivers to work well with the base OS

2. Developers take up more interest in FreeBSD, making a good OS even better for desktop use.
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June 28, 2013 10:10:17 AM

we all remember well the PS3 downgrade when linux could no longer be installed.
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June 28, 2013 10:22:39 AM

I bet there will be some way to boot the PS4 and XB1 OS's on each others respective hardware. They are so similar... Perhaps could even boot Windows on both of them.
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June 28, 2013 10:26:15 AM

@Computerguy: Xbone's already running a Windows kernel. And no, it must have SecureBoot and other stuff, i'm pretty sure.
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June 28, 2013 10:46:16 AM

To me, this doesn't come as a surprise. The software listing in the PS3's acknowledgements says the PS3's OS was based on FreeBSD.
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June 28, 2013 12:07:54 PM

Windows doesn't run from a kernel...
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June 28, 2013 12:27:06 PM

Windows absolutely uses a kernel.
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June 28, 2013 3:03:54 PM

condorxiii said:
Windows doesn't run from a kernel...


A kernel is an integral part of every OS.
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June 28, 2013 3:53:38 PM

wow freeBSD still exists?
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June 28, 2013 8:45:16 PM

FreeBSD is a great OS.. In its core version, FreeBSD is the most stable OS out there.. And FreeBSD has the best File System to date, XFS, the most Secure and Reliable file system today..

One disadvantage of FreeBSD is its much slower than other OS.. See Phoronix for Benchmarks..
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June 30, 2013 12:04:28 PM

condorxiii said:
Windows doesn't run from a kernel...

Of course it does, the NT kernel. Currently version 6.2, if i'm not wrong.
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June 30, 2013 2:39:50 PM

condorxiii said:
Windows doesn't run from a kernel...


Go to the corner, you are not allowed to talk about this again.
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July 12, 2013 7:23:20 PM

This has been known for a while. Sony keeps Apple company in the FreeBSD corner. Google is the Linux champion. And Microsoft keeps its standard high with the NT kernel.
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