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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RE[3]: I agree, 10 years ago.
by sean on Tue 8th Nov 2011 18:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I agree, 10 years ago."
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But I do know that BSD is falling way behind and its the license that is the problem. Corporations are not willing to dump resources into a BSD licensed project that anyone can then steal without contributing anything back. And Linux has taken off in the business sector. It may not be that BSD support has waned, it just hasn't grown like Linux support. And the license is the reason.

I disagree. Companies that use FreeBSD do give back without the need for a license to force it. Blue Coat Systems, iXsystems and Juniper come to mind. Intel and nVidia develop drivers for FreeBSD.

It is definitely not the license.

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