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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and the fact that those making the decision do so on the basis of something pragmatic and reasonable and not emotionally drive.

I'll add (and feel perfectly free to disagree) that a little idealism injected into the decision-making process is often a good thing, as long as it is balanced against the range of other responsibilities.

It's no secret that I believe in Linux. (I choose those words carefully. The passion is there.) But I also have responsibilities to my customers, and must be careful not to betray the trust by pounding a round peg into a square hole simply based upon my own enthusiasm.

Very often I have a situation where Windows, or some other proprietary software package, might be a quick fix for this or that. And I have to put on my thinking cap, and sometimes even dream about the problem for a few nights, before I come up with a solution which I truly feel is better for the long term. And I might have to hustle up and give time away for free to make it happen. Because management would not always be interested in my view of the long term, and need my solution to make sense in the short term. But I don't mind.

And then... there are those times that I'm beaten... I lose... or maybe I'm just too tired to put in the extra work. There are times that I can't come up with an alternative solution which would not be of a 'round peg in a square hole' nature. At which point, my unpleasant choice is clear.

It's not always easy to balance responsibilities well enough that past decisions don't keep you up at night.

And I suspect that Free OS developers face the same kinds of issues, in this vein, as do admins.

Edited 2012-01-13 17:59 UTC

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