June 8th, 2003, 17:09
A recent post on introduced ekkoBSD, which got me wondering how many different BSD's there are. Here's my initlal list, in no particular order. Please add on what i've missed.

OpenBSD (
FreeBSD (
NetBSD (
MacOS X (
PicoBSD (
MicroBSD (deceased)
ekkoBSD (
emBSD (
miniBSD (

June 8th, 2003, 17:18
I've got

OpenBSD on most firewalls/bridges/externalservers
NetBSD on my Sun Hardware
FreeBSD on most of my i386 based laptops/workdstations
OS X on my macs

Played around with emBSD on a soekris with eskwire but it's rather outdated now.

June 8th, 2003, 18:19
Don't forget WarBSD (

June 8th, 2003, 19:34
Stupid question, from a stupid person. What is wardriving? Does this have to do with scanning wireless networks? Something to do with wireless networks right?

June 8th, 2003, 20:24
You guessed it. It comes from the term war dialing from good ol' War Games I believe.

June 10th, 2003, 04:53
I also forgot TrustedBSD (

June 10th, 2003, 11:12
I thought the term was 'warchalking'?


June 10th, 2003, 11:20
Yep, |MiNi0n| nailed it. War dialing came from War Games. In the movie Matthew Brodrick's character was trying to find the modem for a game company that was releasing a cool new game he was interested in. He set his modem to systematically dialup every number in the area-code and log which ones modems answered. He runs into a miltary computer and plays "games" (really running simulations) with the computer that controls the missile defense. And that's where the movie got interesting.

You can see where they get war-driving from since you can systematically drive/walk and find all wireless networks in an area.

TrustedBSD is basically rolled back into FreeBSD at this point and PicoBSD can be built right off your tree so I generally consider it all part of FreeBSD. Sure, they really are seperate projects.

There's also MirBSD ( that I know about. I heard about it from mirabile over at freenode in #openbsd. He's basically the only developer though I think he gets some help from time to time. It follows the OpenBSD tree and is some enhancements I believe.

Let's not forget about Darren Reed's short-lived fork of OpenBSD to put ipf back into OpenBSD after Theo and company ripped it out. That really worked out well for him. Now pf is working its way into the other BSD's. If someone ports pf to IRIX then I would have no reason to look at ipf at all. It would be nice if pf made it into OS X too.

I'm sure there's more BSD goodness out there that hasn't been mentitioned yet.

June 10th, 2003, 13:00
I thought the term was 'warchalking'?

WarChalking is drawing a chalk symbol on a wall or pavement to indicate the presence of a wireless networking node. Basically its an attmept to tell others about the stregth and location of wireless networks right on the street.

What is wardriving? Does this have to do with scanning wireless networks?

Yes. WarDriving is scanning for wireless networks while driving in a car.

Another common term is WarWalking, which is similar to WarDriving, except using your feet instead of wheels. It is usually the preferred method to WarChalk.


July 16th, 2003, 20:41
One more to add to the list: DragonflyBSD (

July 16th, 2003, 21:08
sooo many bsd distros to play with.... by the time i learn 1 5 more pop out...

July 22nd, 2003, 07:39

This one is *way* kewl!

See the announcement on deadly for more:

As well as our own forum: