Linked by Drumhellar on Wed 25th Sep 2013 22:02 UTC

I've been a big fan of FreeBSD since I first acquired 4.4 on 4 CDs. By that point, I had already spent a lot of time in Linux, but I was always put off by its instability and inconsistency. Once I had FreeBSD installed, it felt like a dream. Everything worked the way it was supposed to, and the consistency of its design meant even older documentation would be mostly applicable without having to figure out how my system was different. There is a reason why in the early days of the Internet, a huge portion of servers ran FreeBSD.

But, that was a while ago. Since then, Linux has matured greatly and has garnered a lot of momentum, becoming the dominant Unix platform. FreeBSD certainly hasn't stood still, however. The FreeBSD team has kept current with hardware support, new features, and a modern, performant design.

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Well, GNU/Linux has a lot of hardware drivers but all these drivers are quality drivers? And do you really need that exotic controller on you mission critical server? ;)

Yes, Linux has some 150.000+ drivers and a couple of 100 drivers released every week. There are only so many Linux developers, so they will never be able to update all of them when Torvalds changes the API in the kernel. That is one of the reasons Linux is unstable, unless you are very restrictive with what software you install. If you are on a Long Term Cycle distro, like LTS, and you want to install some kind of software that uses new libraries, you need to upgrade your libraries too. Which forces you to upgrade other software on your system so they can use the new libraries too. etc. This triggers a chain reaction so you have upgraded your entire system. Ergo, LTS does not work. You can only use LTS if you install old software, or, if you hack the software so it uses your old libraries.

So, no, most Linux drivers does not work. When Torvalds upgrades the kernel and changes the API, drivers does stop working. So of these 150.000+ drivers, I wonder how many of them are up to date? Maybe 5%? 95% of the drivers does not work?
"...You have 150,000+ drivers for Linux, with a couple of hundred new devices released many Linux kernel devs are there again? if you pumped them full of speed and made them work 24/7/365 the numbers won't add up, the devs simply cannot keep up...which is of course one of the reasons to HAVE a stable ABI in the first place, so that the kernel devs can work on the kernel while the OEMs can concentrate on drivers..."

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