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.
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Re: A few points by Samb
by Anonymous on Thu 1st May 2003 18:46 UTC

"On a Debian system, this kind of behavior would be simply unacceptable.

I should take some time to think of a better way.

The 'better way' requires a lot more work. Just take a look at the Debian Policy Manual: http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/"

I have tried Debian numerous times. Unfortunately I always seem to kill it. The apt-upgrade doesn't always work properly and leaves the system half toasted. There have been times when I've somehow managed to toast the internal database that governs the packaging system so it has no idea what to update or upgrade. And NO, I have no clue what I did wrong. I was following Steve Hunger's Debian GNU/Linux Bible. By all accounts a decent book.

Perhaps my hardware was flaky in this regard, but it's happened to numerous systems I've tried Debian on. For all the much vaunted reputation of Debian, for me it just doesn't work. A friend of mine seemingly has absolutely none of the issues I've had with it. Go figure.

I've had issues with the ports system in FreeBSD too. Normally this is simply a case of waiting a day or two for whatever is screwy to get fixed. Sometimes it's a case of pkg_deleting the old program and reinstalling via the ports.

No system is perfect, and there will always be issues on any OS.