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 Ruper Miles on Fri 1st Feb 2002 04:04 UTC

I think most people confuse the pure software with a distribution. Saying "Linux" is more user-friendly than "FreeBSD" (or vice-versa) is, if you look closely, a little ridiculous. "Linux" or "FreeBSD" are only as userfriendly as people, who package individually developed programms into a distribution, put thought into how to do it. Couldn't you say that FreeBSD is only so consistent because there is only one distribution of it? As somebody who hasn't worked with BSD I wonder: how much different (or alike) are FreeBSD, NetBSd and OpenBSD. How related *are* they?

Debian was mentioned and the author seemed quite pleased with it and even seemed to recognise many similarities he liked. So there is a distribution in Linux-land that is regarded more or less "equal" to FreeBSD, so why not disregard the other Distros? After all: though there exist also NetBSD and OpenBSD they were hardly mentioned (or even discussed in their difference), so if you disregard other BSDs, why not disregard the other Linuxes? If you just use a distribution that is put together with stability and up-to-date documentation in mind, why should you bother with the stuff developers do? With FreeBSd (as I read) you too only get what somebody deliberately puts on a server that is meant to be served as "distro-fodder".