Linked by snydeq on Tue 8th Nov 2011 01:29 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives Deep End's Paul Venezia wonders why more folks aren't using FreeBSD on the desktop. 'There used to be a saying -- at least I've said it many times -- that my workstations run Linux, my servers run FreeBSD. Sure, it's quicker to build a Linux box, do a "yum install x y z" and toss it out into the wild as a fully functional server, but the extra time required to really get a FreeBSD box tuned will come back in spades through performance and stability metrics. You'll get more out of the hardware, be that virtual or physical, than you will on a generic Linux binary installation.'
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I'm gonna make this simple ...
by MacTO on Tue 8th Nov 2011 10:49 UTC
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Linux provides a capable and mature desktop, while maintaining enough of it's Unix heritage to matter. Most FLOSS developers are also developing with Linux as the target platform, with (maybe) some consideration to Windows. In many cases, BSD support is secondary.

So why would most people even consider FreeBSD?

Incidentally, I say that as a *BSD user. But I use *BSD as a truer (in my opinion) Unix environment. Yet I use other operating systems for the "desktop stuff".

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