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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Is this true...
by mumic on Wed 12th Nov 2003 03:41 UTC

out of the box?
"Another difference is that there is very LITTLE GNU code included; almost everything comes out of the FreeBSD team - including csh (the standard shell), et al. "

What _is_ in FreeBSD that is GNU, does anyone know?

Everyone has their hangups and mine is the FSF (I'm not trolling, and don't bother to respond - I won't respond to harsh pro-GNU comments :-) as I've heard it all before). But if there is little GNU code (and that is all LGPL) I may have found my next OS (first must pick it though, from the main 3). Cost is not the issue - I'd gladly pay for a more or less pure BSD system.

And on the tangent, I used to only use EMACS (and I still think it is best damn editor anywhere). But anything from GNU I've cooled significantly toward in recent years due to philosophical differences with the FSF. I'm moving completely to vi and liking it more and more. I understand now why old-skool hackers swear by it.

I've thought seriously of moving completely to Solaris (and purchasing the Intel compiler). But if the *BSDs are more or less GNU free then I'll check them out ASAP. What about the C compilers? They use ones that are BSD licensed?

Thanks in advance for any info.