BSDCan2017 - 0722

BSDCan 2017
The Technical BSD Conference

Sean Chittenden
Day Talks #2 - 10 June - 2017-06-10
Room DMS 1140
Start time 13:30
Duration 01:00
ID 860
Event type Lecture
Track System Administration
Language used for presentation English

Universal Userland

Why do we need to be different?

Walk through replacing the FreeBSD user land utilities from two different sets: a Go-based user land ( and more interesting a Rust based implementation (MIT licensed): . Why bother? What's interesting? What can be learned from non-C based user land utilities?

One of the things that irritates me is moving between operating systems and having my user land change. Both the layout, but most certainly the actual utilities themselves. In this talk I want to poke at the sacred cow and universally held belief that builtin utilities must be written in C and that they are operating system specific. What are the security benefits? What about the performance benefits? How do you package up a different userland effectively? Can the FreeBSD community partner with other OSes and distributions that also want a modern user land?