Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Mar 2010 16:55 UTC, submitted by Joel Dahl
FreeBSD The FreeBSD team has released FreeBSD 7.3, the fourth release of the 7-STABLE branch. There will be one more release in this branch, but at this point, most developers are already working on the 8-STABLE branch. FreeBSD 7.3 focusses on bug fixes, but has a few new features as well.
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RE: I have always liked FreeBSD
by Delgarde on Wed 24th Mar 2010 23:09 UTC in reply to "I have always liked FreeBSD"
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I honestly feel that if Solaris or FreeBSD had a similar HW support than Linux, either of them would have made a far better x86 unix for large vendors to standardize around (at least as a clear alternative to windows in the x86 market).

I don't think hardware support has much to do with it - if Linux has better hardware support than Solaris or FreeBSD, it's because people are writing drivers for it. Or more to the point, because it *has* people to write drivers for it.

Linux may have it's flaws, but it's managed to build a much, much, larger development community. Services like HAL are built on Linux, then adapted to other platforms by one or two struggling volunteers. Likewise most of the current work on open video drivers - developed on Linux, and (partially) ported to FreeBSD.

That's what it comes down to, as far as I'm concerned. Linux isn't dominant because it has better hardware support. Linux is dominant because it has all the developers.

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