Linked by Nathan Mace on Thu 31st Jan 2002 18:45 UTC
FreeBSD By now, anyone who is even remotely related to an IT-type position has heard about Linux, and has most likely used it, if only to see what all the hype is about. However, GNU/Linux is not the only "free" Unix type OS available. FreeBSD and its cousins, NetBSD and OpenBSD are all offshoots of BSD UNIX, a commercial UNIX also known as Berkeley Software Distribution. This article will help you learn more about FreeBSD, its differences from Linux, and it will ease a potential migration process.
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by Garen on Thu 28th Feb 2002 17:58 UTC

I read this article on the apparantly incorrect assumption that it would contain information relevant to its title "Migrating from Linux to FreeBSD". I thought curiously to myself "Are there really all that many migration issues"? I was unfortunately mistaken.

At the beginning, the author first makes an apt distinction that the word "Linux" often refers to mainly the kernel. Yet, later in the article the author refers to "Linux" as something much more generic as if to refer to any system using "Linux".

i.e.: "99% of what you install via ports or packages defaults into /usr/local, where as in Linux most of it goes into /usr"

Which is entirely incorrect. His mention of: "SuSE putting KDE in /opt while Red Hat puts in the /usr folder" also makes it entirely obvious he hasn't actually tried a recent version of SuSE or RedHat lately for at least a year or two -- and a lack of knowledge of the LSB. Plus, the author must have not actually looked into how source-packages are almost always packaged: they always default to installing into /usr/local, anywhere else is the result of a vendor-modification. Someone who's ever been a user of Slackware would know that intrinsically.

This article does not contain any concrete information about migrating from a Linux-based system to a FreeBSD one whatsoever. Instead, it contains one persons personal diatribe and opinion piece on what "Linux" and FreeBSD is.

Being for *BSD or Linux is also entirely irrelvant, which is what nearly all the comments I've read above refer to. This article is out of place, misleading, and therefore fatally useless.

Any existing idea of credibility for neutral principals regarding this entire site for approving such an eye-soring piece of junk has now gone the way of the dodo for me.