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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by jimmy1971 on Thu 10th Nov 2011 17:15 UTC
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I've been away from for a few days, and thus didn't see this story until just now. Seeing as how I'm firmly entrenched in the Cult of BSD, I figured I should chime in with my two cents.

First things someone further up the comment chain correctly pointed out, the article in question never dealt specifically with the issue of FreeBSD's value as a desktop system, despite the manner in which it was presented on this site. Nevertheless, my home computers -- all of them "desktops" rather than servers -- have been 100% *BSD since 2006. Up until then I was trying on every GNU/Linux distro I could, and found all of them wanting in one way or another. Five years in, there is no way in hell I'm going back to the hodge-podge that is the Linux universe. (If I absolutely had to, I would go with Debian, Slackware or Gentoo, as they strike me as being somewhat BSD-like. Ubuntu and its ilk are too Fisher-Price for my tastes.)

The real point of the article is that FreeBSD is simply a solid and stable operating system that would have a far wider user base if it got the recognition it deserves, and that GNU/Linux users ought to give it a try. End of story (er, article).

Much of the comment trajectory here has gotten lost in the merits of ZFS, feature xyz, or even the mental/emotional stability of Theo de Raadt, as if the latter was proof the GPL's superiority over the BSD/MIT licenses. (Permissive licensing causes mental illness. Who knew?)

At the end of the day, people are drawn to BSD-based operating systems for various reasons, and the ones who stick with it aren't likely the ones who spend a lot of time thirsting for the big "I can't believe it's not Windows!" moment.

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