Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Jan 2012 22:54 UTC
FreeBSD Some people already submitted this news last week, but it wasn't until today that it became official: the FreeBSD team has announced the release of FreeBSD version 9.0. As you may expect from the major version number change, this is releas eis packed with new stuff.
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Just my two cents
by tails92 on Fri 13th Jan 2012 07:05 UTC
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While it is undeniable that here the most important part of this release is a GPL/BSD argument because this is an internet sport by people who have nothing to do with their time, I think that placing too much priority on making BSD-replacements for the base system when there is no good third-party replacement already is misguided at best, if not outright myopic. I care about having a well maintainable and stable system, which BSD is known for, not an operating system which will be able to used by companies as they wish without giving anything back, and making them being able to do so a *priority*. gcc >=4.3 is still very used by companies, and license requirements aren't really as important to companies as people make them to be. Think of it most companies infringe the GPL and nobody ever goes legally after them.
I used to like FreeBSD once, but nowadays I can't help but wonder if the FreeBSD and the OpenBSD projects really care the usability of their operating systems or not. One is stuck about this "let's BSD-everything" and "let's change everything"... FreeBSD used to have a very good installer but the one in 9.0 is a real step backwards despite them saying it is a sort of advancement while actually it is not for someone not new to FreeBSD. The other one, OpenBSD, is stuck on making you upgrade every six months (which even for an home user is not viable - I do not live for computers or on my computer, thanks), the same BSD-ization craze and on an unreasonably ancient userland.
I do, however, appreciate the reluctancy OpenBSD devs have for signing NDAs, at least they're being more consistent than the FreeBSD devs which will happily sign NDAs "as long as it is BSD licensed!"

If you want BSD, the best stuff is NetBSD and DragonFly. If FreeBSD and OpenBSD are stuck at gcc 4.2 for "problems", then why I'm happily using NetBSD-current on the very machine I'm writing this on which ships with gcc 4.5 with no problems at all.
Despite what it might NetBSD-current is what you must try, much more updated than the stable version. It can even run Opera 11 correctly under the new linux emulation (guess what browser I am using?).

As it often goes, what people use the least (NetBSD and DragonFly) are better than what people use the most.

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