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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She HAD backups, that wasn't the point, the point is that OpenSUSE puked on her system and left her with her only home machine hopelessly broken for over a week! When it was done she had NO network, NO wireless, and nothing but single user mode, that's it, nothing but a blinking cursor and no way to Google a solution!

Now if someone who makes their living administrating Linux servers can't even get a desktop to upgrade without it puking what chance does my home users have? I've been building machines since before Windows even existed and I have had to spend days doing forums hunts and tweaking fixes to get a system back up after an upgrade puked, what chance does a user have that doesn't have the skillset to do a step by step troubleshoot on a broken system and who may not have a functional system from which to Google have?

Everyone says "Linux is ready for the desktop" but IME that is ONLY true if someone gives away free lifetime support or if that person is a geek with the skillset required to do serious troubleshooting and administration. Now since i can't afford to give away free lifetime support and my customers are NOT geeks with the skillset required to be admins where does that leave the 99% of the planet just like them? just because YOU think something is easy does NOT mean the rest of the planet would find that easy. i'd say those with the skills to troubleshoot a broken Linux constitute maybe 0.4% of the population and the Linux numbers reflect that.

Give me a distro that will last as long as Windows with updates, or that can upgrade with the GUI without puking and I'll be slapping it on tons of machines. but so far I've tried every "user friendly" distro and ended up with broken messes. I truly wish it wasn't so, because I know these boxes will end up being sold to the shop down the street which will just put pirated Win 7 on them, but I can't sell machines that are gonna be broken in less than a year and I will NOT sell machines with security updates disabled.

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