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[4]: Because....
by Soulbender on Sat 7th May 2011 06:35 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Because...."
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Development structure. FreeBSD's always developed itself as one cohesive source tree with a relatively small group of people allowed to work on it as opposed to the half billion Linux based forks all going out in divergent directions all catering to different niche groups.

Anyone is allowed to fork the BSD code at any time, this is the same for both Linux and BSD's.
I don't know why people seem to think that Linux is this happy.democratic dreamland where every man and his dogs has commit access. If Linux don't want your stuff in the kernel it's not getting there. This has happened many times before and it will happen again (and there'a nothing wrong with this).

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