Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th May 2006 20:31 UTC, submitted by Joel Dahl
FreeBSD Linux may soon have a stronger open-source competitor on the desktop if FreeBSD's plans come to fruition. FreeBSD developer Scott Long told ZDNet UK on Thursday that the operating system, descended from the Unix derivative BSD, is "quickly approaching" feature parity with Linux. "Lots of work is going on to make FreeBSD more friendly on the desktop," Long said. "Within the year, we expect to have, or be near, parity with Linux."
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RE[6]: This is good news
by Morgan on Sat 13th May 2006 16:02 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: This is good news"
Morgan
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2005-06-29

I couldn't imagine it being easier to do so (and to maintain) than Gentoo Linux.

That depends on one's experience. To you, Gentoo obviously is easy and I salute you for that. To the average user, it is not. Take me, for example. I'm not a programmer; though I understand a bit about programming and have worked in a few languages I've never created anything of value and I don't really have a knack for it. I use Slackware as my Linux desktop, and I'm comfortable building from source but I'm not quite a "power user" by most definitions.

I've tried installing Gentoo; I even got it installed one time. It was far from easy and once I did get it installed it just seemed so obtuse and backwards to me. Why should I have to do all these things myself? I know, it allows me to have an OS that is perfectly meshed with my hardware and my way of using the OS. For someone like me, though, it's much less frustrating to find a distro (Slackware) that is already very close to my way of thinking and performs well with my hardware.

I've installed FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD. By far, the easiest was FreeBSD but it was only marginally easier than Gentoo. I did end up with a working system, and given time with it I'm sure I could get it to do everything I can get Slackware to. However, I'm keeping my eye on DesktopBSD (the distro) to see what they have in store for the future of Desktop BSD (the concept). I have a feeling it will be a very good thing for someone like me.

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RE[7]: This is good news
by zambizzi on Sat 13th May 2006 16:21 in reply to "RE[6]: This is good news"
zambizzi Member since:
2006-04-23

Agreed, Gentoo is not easy as it is not necessarily intended to *be* easy. It's a learning experience and that learning experience is not for everyone.

The advantage Gentoo would give you over FreeBSD (as I see it) is superb, up-to-date, documentation backed by a thriving (and growing) community who is polite and ready to help you fast, if you should need it.

My question is; is that same attitude & momentum available in FreeBSD. Will I get forum answers in minutes? Will I find the same numbers of people who've been through the same pain and can help me quickly solve it? Will all of my hardware work how I want it to?

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