Linked by Andrew Barilla on Tue 10th Feb 2004 20:08 UTC
Linux After reading a discussion on DistroWatch asking if users were happy with their current distribution, I noticed a common thread of those who have had similar experiences as myself with juggling various Linux distributions. Like myself, they feel many Linux distributions are great, but no one quite feels like home. None of them quite fit the bill and they may even begin to think that every OS sucks.
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RE: Abraxas
by spikeymikey on Thu 12th Feb 2004 01:13 UTC

I was under the impression that most companies used a commercial UNIX or variant for enterprise-level scaling. If they can afford the hardware then they can afford the software. Of those that use linux, it is usually an in-house build and not a public distribution. Which brings me to my point. Of the distributions that the public has access to, they were less intuitive than FreeBSD for me. I was able to set up postgresql/mysql/apache2/php4/postfix/courier-imap with minimal fuss on FreeBSD compiled with all the options and optimizations I wanted. In linux it was possible to get a similar setup but it took much longer getting library conflicts and compile errors worked out. And also consider maintainence issues. If I needed to upgrade a certain component in FreeBSD due to a security issue, all I need to run is portupgrade. Old stuff goes out, new stuff goes in, all dependencies resolved. Try that in linux with 40 programs installed from source with customized ./configure options...

Sure. Tell that to IBM, SGI, Oracle, and others. Maybe some of those companies might actually use FreeBSD on their servers if it could scale at all.