Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 28th Apr 2003 15:48 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews Today we feature an in-depth interview with three members of FreeBSD's Core (Wes Peters, Greg Lehey and M. Warner Losh) and also a major FreeBSD developer (Scott Long). It is a long read, but we touch a number of hot issues, from the Java port to corporate backing, the Linux competition, the 5.x branch and how it stacks up against the other Unices, UFS2, the possible XFree86 fork, SCO and its Unix IP situation, even re-unification of the BSDs. If you are into (any) Unix, this interview is a must read.
Permalink for comment
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.

One thing that I find interesting throughout this is that Linux is referred to as a single entity. It is not. Linux is just the kernel (and glibc+tools according to GNU zealots). Mentioning which OS it was easiest to install application X, Y or Z on should always refer to which linux distro was used. Redhat is the evil empire of linuxland, yet much more freebsd-like distributions with up to date packages with managed dependancies requiring little if any interaction exist (gentoo).

Another thing to add to the "what is the desktop really?" definition is that device driver support for random device Foo is important to non-technical users. Linux is much further along in this area than FreeBSD. (witness: el-cheapo network cards not always working on freebsd, cardbus support only just becoming available 5 years after cardbus was common, etc..). Despite all of this, both freebsd and linux fail on the non-technical users desktop when it comes to device support due to lack of a consistent super simple easy plug and play experience that can never get into trouble. Leave that to Mac OS X or windows who have real budgets and usability/idiot testing labs.