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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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?

In my experience, Linux handles USB scanners far better than FreeBSD. I have never gotten a scanner actually working in FreeBSD; xscanimage and xsane just hang. And this is with the same SANE configuration that I had under Linux. (This was an Epson Perfection 636U scanner.) Officially at least, USB Wacom tablets are not supported on FreeBSD, though the serial versions of the Wacom tablets are.