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[2]: Because....
by sakeniwefu on Sat 7th May 2011 01:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Because...."
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If OpenBSD weren't actively hostile against blobs and other proprietary stuff I wouldn't use it. Or maybe I'd still use it - lacking any really free alternative - because of it's strong adherence to the original UNIX principles. OpenBSD developers care a lot about code quality and security, beyond the buzzwords of the moment.

OpenBSD is an OS by and for hackers of the movie-unfriendly variety. Nothing to do with Linux. That doesn't mean I can't watch Youtube, DVDs, play 3D games, connect to encrypted wireless, draw using a Wacom tablet or edit W*rd documents. Anything that can be supported using open source software is there or on its way as long as you buy the right hardware,and I for one, don't want to be supporting the closed vendors.

A better comparison would be to FreeBSD which has the same attitude and target demographic as Linux and does get some commercial involvement - in most cases with patches going back upstream - but it just never catches up. License?

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