Linked by Gabe Yoder on Tue 11th Nov 2003 21:51 UTC
FreeBSD We've all heard the age old argument second only to the vi vs. emacs religious wars: FreeBSD Vs Linux. As a long time linux user, I decided that is was time I spent some time on the other side of the fence to see if it was any greener. Oh, and by the way, vi rules.
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by Anonymous on Tue 11th Nov 2003 23:16 UTC

Pico and Nano are both very good, I use them as general purpose editors when I'm in the console.

However, EMACS is better (imo) for editing conf files, since it deals better with long lines of text.

EMACS is still bloated though...

Anyway, on-topic, I really like all the FreeBSD docs, and *would* use it, but SiS chipsets (network cards especilly) don't seem to be happy with FreeBSD. Every time I look for "sis900 freebsd" on Google, it comes up with people experiencing errors such as "MII without PHY!" Debian Stable works just fine, though some of the packages are a bit old. Of course RedHat and Slackware are both good distros, I've used both.

I always wondered, having no fast internet connection... if I installed FreeBSD, then wanted to get some package off the CDs, and one of the packages needed another package which was on another CD, would the package installer be smart enough to know which additional CD it would need for packages (similar to Debian?) It seems from all I've read that it only knows to look higher in a directory tree for dependencies, but doesn't know about different "sources" the way Apt does.