Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th May 2006 20:31 UTC, submitted by Joel Dahl
FreeBSD Linux may soon have a stronger open-source competitor on the desktop if FreeBSD's plans come to fruition. FreeBSD developer Scott Long told ZDNet UK on Thursday that the operating system, descended from the Unix derivative BSD, is "quickly approaching" feature parity with Linux. "Lots of work is going on to make FreeBSD more friendly on the desktop," Long said. "Within the year, we expect to have, or be near, parity with Linux."
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This is good news
by Priest on Fri 12th May 2006 20:50 UTC
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I definitely think there are ways where FreeBSD has the potential to be a strong competitor on the desktop in part because they have more control over the project than a typical Linux distro would have over Linux.

I think it could benefit Linux at the same time because if some things show to be successful on FreeBSD they can later be adopted by Linux (like ports package management for instance).

At the same time I think there are areas where Linux has made huge improvements that FreeBSD could borrow from (the installer for instance).

This should be interesting.

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