Linked by David Adams on Mon 7th Mar 2011 17:55 UTC
FreeBSD "How long have you been using FreeBSD. Months? Years? Decades? And you love using it because of whatever reason but at the same time you're feeling a bit guilty to use it all for free without giving anything back? Well now you'll have the chance to change that. We at FreeBSD are always in need of new people who are willing to spare some of their time and effort into FreeBSD development."
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RE[5]: maybe its the license
by sakeniwefu on Tue 8th Mar 2011 13:48 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: maybe its the license"
sakeniwefu
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I'd say it's less popular because it is a conservative, rather than cutting edge OS that isn't made to attract the masses and there is nothing wrong with that.


Personally I think lack of focus is FreeBSD's main problem. What was their target again?

A free OS? But they have ZFS and other suspiciously licensed stuff.
A server OS? But they only fully support desktop architectures.
A half proprietary desktop os with binary blobs, Linux emulation and Flash? But it doesn't work as well as Linux.
A conservative Unix? But they add many crazy bleeding edge extensions and Linux emulation layers that get dropped after a while.
A secure OS? A fast OS? A build-your-own OS?

They try to be everything for everyone and introduce many cool features and great code but IMHO they ultimately fall short.

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