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.
Permalink for comment 472351
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: Main reason
by tony on Mon 9th May 2011 15:02 UTC in reply to "Main reason"
Member since:

Linux: I want to be a general-purpose OS for all kind of users.
OpenBSD: I want to be a OS for security paranoids.

OpenBSD is phenomenal at operating system security. Unfortunately, the current attack vectors leave that largely irrelevant. SQL injection, cross-site scripting, even unpatched Apache are what gets hit today, no local sendmail exploits.

Reply Parent Score: 2