Linked by Oliver on Fri 11th Mar 2011 23:32 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source "Now that Linux is the most popular free Unix-like operating system, it shouldn't be a surprise that some projects have begun treating non-Linux operating systems as second-class citizens. This isn't out of contempt for the BSDs or OpenSolaris, it's just a matter of limited manpower: if almost all the users of the application have a Linux operating system and if all the core developers are using Linux themselves, it's difficult to keep supporting other operating systems. But sometimes the choice to leave out support for other operating systems is explicitly made, e.g. when the developers want to implement some innovative features that require functionality that is (at least for now) only available in the Linux kernel."
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TheGZeus
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2010-05-19

It's not really "them and us".
It's two different approaches, and I think it's cool that way.

I use Debian (linux kernel) on most machines, but for something like, say, a music-performance computer, a production server, custom embedded device, I'll be going BSD all the way.

Day-to-day, I want the latest stuff, and I'm fine with working out the kinks myself.

There are two very different thought processes behind both working-on and using BSD/Linuxen, and within the two of them, you get further divisions about what the best method of getting to that goal.

I have much love for the BSDs (though OpenBSD is still somewhat intimidating, and NetBSD will run on a toaster, but not my V880, those are my only complaints. Oh, and the NDA-related modules in FreeBSD, which I can't see myself needing).

You can see a somewhat lesser form of this division within the Linux distros, and even just in Debian!
Sid = Bleeding edge
Testing = Cutting edge
Stable = Solid, and unmoving (and dull ~_^)

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