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 Gabe Yoder on Wed 12th Nov 2003 17:12 UTC

Well, I am glad to hear that some of you liked my review. Thanks to all of those who pointed out better ways of doing things (I don't claim to have become an expert of FreeBSD). For the sound issue, I rebuilt the kernel because the documentation I was reading said to rebuild the kernel. As far as /etc/make.conf, I feel pretty stupid for not checking that. I mentioned that I thought some aspects were not *newbie* friendly, but I never said it wasn't *user* friendly. I would say the same things about Gentoo, so don't misconstrue that I think Gentoo is easier. One thing that I prefer about FreeBSD is that vi is installed by default, but when I install Gentoo, I have to go through the install process with nano. As far as /etc/passwd, you'll notice that I stumbled onto vipw and chsh, and contrary to the anonymous coward who called me a moron, I did remember to add my shell to /etc/shells (I wanted bash which was not installed by default). I did not really intend this as a "switched" article, just an idea of what other linux users might encounter when trying FreeBSD. I am still a linux user, but I am also keeping a FreeBSD box. They are both fine operating systems, and they both have their own particular limitations. I expect that I will probably remain predominantly a Linux user largely due to inertia, however if I had learned FreeBSD before Linux, I would probably be equally hesitant to switch to Linux. Use what you like- as far as I am concerned FreeBSD and Linux are allies in the war against the evil empire.