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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by Geoff Ludwiczak on Thu 31st Jan 2002 21:44 UTC

Another difference between Linux and FreeBSD, is that with FreeBSD, 99% of what you install via ports or packages defaults into /usr/local, where as in Linux most of it goes into /usr, and sometimes /opt. This is for the most part a minor difference, however it is nice to know that whatever you have installed is in /usr/local and not spread all over the filesystem.

Obviously, this guy has never heard of the FHS. Debian installs everything to /usr. In fact, when you do an install of Debian, you'll find nothing is in /usr/local, because it is strictly for the user's use. It makes things easier to manage in this way, because you know exactly what you compiled by hand (most programs install themselves in /usr/local, if you compiled and install them). I can't say the same about other distributions (I don't use other distributions), Slackware installs things in almost random places, it's a fscking nightmare, thank god for standards.