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Date:      17 Jun 2020 14:53:23 -0400
From:      "John Levine" <johnl@iecc.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Why does FreeBSD not use the Linux kernel?
Message-ID:  <20200617185323.B86B61B23798@ary.qy>
In-Reply-To: <mailman.6782.1592417152.4501.freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
References:  <CAHu1Y70aEvfupOGJysK_kqdeOBJ13JPLkKxKOVCHPfcWtGfVmQ@mail.gmail.com>

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In article <CAHu1Y70aEvfupOGJysK_kqdeOBJ13JPLkKxKOVCHPfcWtGfVmQ@mail.gmail.com>,
Michael Sierchio <kudzu@tenebras.com> wrote:
>The chief difference from my perspective is that it is possible in FreeBSD
>to create a monolithic kernel and prohibit the loading of kernel modules,
>foiling one step in the chain of a rootkit.  It's especially convenient for
>embedded devices, security appliances, etc.

There's also the rather important difference that FreeBSD uses a BSD
license rather than the GPL, which makes it a lot more practical for
devices that are shipped as appliances.

R's,
John



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