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 cycoj on Fri 26th Mar 2010 02:38 UTC in reply to "I have always liked FreeBSD"
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Although I agree with you that FreeBSD is very interesting and I really like the approach they take with things I don't think it is due to the HW support. Initially both BSD and Linux were on a very similar level with respect to hardware support. I think there's a number of reasons why Linux is more popular than all the BSD. The major factor now is IMO momentum. Linux just has a lot more momentum behind it due sheer numbers. As others pointed out the legal uncertainty in the 90s might have slowed BSD adoption (I personally don't think that is much of a reason, the hackers who would have been interested in it wouldn't care too much about the legal bickering and corporate adoption of Linux really only took of in the late 90s). I think one of the main reasons is simply the licence. Initially I think more developers were attracted to Linux because of the GPL, especially developers not coming from an academic background didn't want a company to profit from their work without giving back (the reason why I think academics are more comfortable with the BSD licence is because they are more used to the fact that other people might profit from their ideas without them profiting except through citation. The BSD licence is very "academic" in that way.). Later big companies like IBM realised that Linux gave them an equal playing field, i.e. they could implement their ideas and another company could not take it make it uncompatible and profit from it. For IBM who use software as a service model this is essential. Because nobody can make closed source derivative they will be able to sell services to everyone using Linux.

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