Linked by Nathan Mace on Thu 31st Jan 2002 18:45 UTC
FreeBSD By now, anyone who is even remotely related to an IT-type position has heard about Linux, and has most likely used it, if only to see what all the hype is about. However, GNU/Linux is not the only "free" Unix type OS available. FreeBSD and its cousins, NetBSD and OpenBSD are all offshoots of BSD UNIX, a commercial UNIX also known as Berkeley Software Distribution. This article will help you learn more about FreeBSD, its differences from Linux, and it will ease a potential migration process.
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>He didn't mention that FreeBSD ports don't know how to deal with hand installed software (just like rpm and deb/apt-get) that has been installed without using a port

How would this be possible? If the software you built from source has a make uninstall option then you can use that, otherwise find out where the files were installed and delete them.

A FreeBSd user with any experience would make a port to compile and install the source, then send-pr it.

>Claiming that "they prefer tried and tested code over flashy new features" is wrong

I don't recall FreeBSD ever replacing the VM with a buggy, unreliable one then backing it out a few revisions later. The author didn't mention the way FreeBSd is developed (-current, -stable, -release), but basically new features are integrated into -current first to undergo extensive testing, then backported into -stable when the code is considered well, stable.

It's fair to say that Linux has more developers than FreeBSD but that's largely due to the amount of media hype around Linux - people are hardly going to start developing for an OS they've never heard of 8^P . FreeBSD certainly has been expanding its userbase though (check out the mailing list archives, they've increaed in size significantly every year)

--Jon