In a series of tweets, ubuntuBSD project leader Jon Boden announced a few of the technical features coming to the soon-to-be-released ubuntuBSD 16.04 operating system.

A week ago we wrote an exclusive story to tell you that the first and major release of the ubuntuBSD OS is coming soon, based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) distribution, but using the powerful kernel from the BSD-based FreeBSD 10.3 operating system.

We have to admit that it is an interesting and unique combination that hasn’t been tried until now (at least not to our knowledge and not at the moment of writing this article). By using FreeBSD’s kernel, ubuntuBSD is free from the systemd init system that many seem to be scared off these days.

According to Jon Boden, ubuntuBSD 16.04 will feature a combination of BusyBox and OpenRC init, as you can see from the tweet attached below. However, if someone wishes to use the venerable SysVinit instead, they should know that it is supported for the time being.

“Just as Ubuntu switched to systemd, we’re working on a new release based on clean, modular Init technologies. No systemd for us, thanks!,” said Jon Boden in a recent tweet via the project’s official Twitter account. “The upcoming ubuntuBSD v16.04 release will feature a combination of BusyBox init and OpenRC.”

That being said, we can hardly wait to get our hands on the final release of ubuntuBSD 16.04 and install this unique operating system on our personal computers. If we like it, it might even become our daily driver, but at least we’re sure that it’ll be an interesting experience. Stay tuned for more ubuntuBSD news soon!

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