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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USB scanners, web cams, etc with FreeBSD
by nameless foo on Wed 12th Nov 2003 00:18 UTC

I liked the review. I have tried FreeBSD several times over the last three years, but keep going back to Linux eventually when I run out of time to solve some FreeBSD configuration issue (I've NEVER managed to get any FreeBSD box to print!).

That said, FreeBSD 4.8 is the stablest OS I have ever used - I had uptimes of literally months on end, and eventually rebooted only because I was adding a second hard drive. It is also the fastest *nix I've played with - fast to boot, fast to shut down, and more responsive than any version of Linux I've tried on the same hardware (including various releases of Caldera, Corel, Red Hat, and Mandrake, and more recently, Mepis Linux).

One thing I would really like more information on is a discussion of FreeBSD vs Linux for desktop use. In particular, are things like USB scanners, webcams, Wacom tablets, and other desktop doodads supported under FreeBSD as well as Linux? How about DVD burners? How aobut packet-writing for CD-RW drives?

-nameless foo