Linked by fvillanustre on Fri 6th May 2011 22:19 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y When comparing the evolution in market share of Linux and OpenBSD, two operating systems that were born around the same time, a question comes to mind: why is there such a difference in market penetration? Linux, on one side of the spectrum, with a license that supposedly impairs commercial venues, has enticed companies and organizations to adopt and support it under varying commercial models, while the BSD derivatives (FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD), with a larger history and an allegedly more commercial friendly license haven't been as successful to gather a large installed base and widespread adoption.
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RE: Because....
by orestes on Fri 6th May 2011 23:29 UTC in reply to "Because...."
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I'd be less inclined to call it licensing than I would cultural differences. The Linux community has always been more "hack friendly" than the more conservative BSDs. There's also the stigma of the massive BSD lawsuit that more or less caused Linux to be created in the first place and prety much killed any momentum early BSD had.

OpenBSD being actively hostile to binary blobs most likely doesn't help things either

Edited 2011-05-06 23:35 UTC

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