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[6]: maybe its the license
by allanregistos on Wed 9th Mar 2011 05:08 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: maybe its the license"
allanregistos
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2011-02-10

The longer I think about it.

I think most poeple don't want to compile, just install binaries with source available when they need it.

What FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Gentoo do only appeals to a smaller portion of the open source world. Maybe most just want to install it and get to work.

Maybe that is the problem ?



You hit the nail. The market of FreeBSD is big corporations/enterprises, not the end consumers and desktop users. And besides, only developers and system admins will tinker with FreeBSD, even with this market, can only be found among Linux admins/devs, and almost zero from Windows admins. I myself a Linux user will never use FreeBSD for the company where I work(except perhaps for some FreeBSD-based firewall distros) because it won't support the software I want it to run, like Zimbra. If you want to run a *customized* thing on a FreeBSD box, then you must have the resources(high-paid admins) to do so, and you only have few options available, while in Linux there are tons available and commercial support. I am not saying there are no commercial support for *BSD.

But I know that there are good things about *BSD but as of this moment, those good things are not worth enough to have a switch.

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