Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Feb 2008 20:59 UTC, submitted by Oliver
FreeBSD "FreeBSD is back to its incredible performance and now can take advantage of multi-core/CPUs systems very well... So well that some benchmarks on both Intel and AMD systems showed release 7.0 being faster than Linux 2.6 when running PostreSQL or MySQL. Federico Biancuzzi interviewed two dozen developers to discuss all the cool details of FreeBSD 7.0: networking and SMP performance, SCTP support, the new IPSEC stack, virtualization, monitoring frameworks, ports, storage limits and a new journaling facility, what changed in the accounting file format, jemalloc(), ULE, and more."
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> "Why - because lower quality is better?"

How do you say this is lower quality? All Linux/Windows/OS X applications are not source based buy yet some how they seems to have made their users productive without having to wait 8 hours for the damn OpenOffice distro to compile. Even if I compile from source its not like I am goign to get 50% better performance, even if I set all the options before compiling, I might get 1-3% improvement. I'll take the binary package any day for that.

> "C'mon it's of course nice to have something like apt-get/aptitude in Debian, but in the end you have to live with sometimes broken packages or packages compiled without essential features ("mature" maintainer). "

I am not sure what Linux distribution you have used but I have never experienced any package issues with apt-get. For that matter, I have encountered upteen broken ports. Ever experience compiling and you come back the next morning to find a compile error and then you start all over again.

Don't even get me started on mixing ports and packages. Have enough experience into "package X require version a.b.c or package Y but version a.b.d is installed" stuff. Eventually have to create symb links to get it to work.

> "Therefore people like the sourcecode as base and compiling from sourcecode isn't anything alien to a UNIX or free UNIX derivative."

Yes. I can see it clearly now. Ubuntu started about 10+ years after FreeBSD and garnered thousands of users many time over simply catering to all those people who wanted a non-optimized lower quality system that would be slow as hell and short on features and very unstable.

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