Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Oct 2006 16:19 UTC, submitted by Charles A Landemaine
PC-BSD "With all of the BSD variants available for download, it's easy to incorrectly assume all of them are pure, incompatible forks from each other. Actually, there are more shades of BSD out in the world than just separate forks. One in particular made the news a couple of weeks ago when it was commercially acquired. The BSD in question is PC-BSD. The company that bought it is iXsystems, a systems deployment and integrator firm out of San Jose that has pretty strong experience implementing *BSD, Unix and Linux systems for its customer base. So, why did the company up and buy PC-BSD?"
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RE: Lets hope so
by KenJackson on Thu 26th Oct 2006 17:06 UTC in reply to "Lets hope so"
KenJackson
Member since:
2005-07-18

...but without all the zealotry that surrounds Linux.

Dream on. What you call zealotry is just passion for a product we like. What technical, complex product (as opposed to products like salt and sugar which are very popular with zero passion) has ever become popular without a passionate appeal?

PC-BSD will become popular if and only if it has a good number of passionate advocates.

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RE[2]: Lets hope so
by ferrels on Thu 26th Oct 2006 17:13 in reply to "RE: Lets hope so"
ferrels Member since:
2006-08-15

One man's passion is another man's zealotry!

Personally I hope that the better operating systems rise to the top based on technical merit and their respective price to performance ratios. Let's leave passion where it belongs, i.e. the bedroom :-)

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RE[3]: Lets hope so
by anda_skoa on Thu 26th Oct 2006 12:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Lets hope so"
anda_skoa Member since:
2005-07-07

Let's leave passion where it belongs, i.e. the bedroom :-)

No, please, no computers in my bedroom.

Oh, wait ;)

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RE[2]: Lets hope so
by Oliver on Thu 26th Oct 2006 17:28 in reply to "RE: Lets hope so"
Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

It's a thin line between passion and fanaticism.

>PC-BSD will become popular if and only if it has a good number of passionate advocates.

It will be popular if it stays "true". Any kind of hype would be the death of this flavour in the long run and a great damage to FreeBSD too.
BSD is BSD! It's no Linux.

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RE[2]: Lets hope so
by TaterSalad on Thu 26th Oct 2006 19:54 in reply to "RE: Lets hope so"
TaterSalad Member since:
2005-07-06

What you call passion for a product I call obsessive. I believe in free choice and all that, its when the really hard core advocates come out for linux that really turns me off on it. We know linux is out there and what our choices are. Its good at some tasks but sucks at others. But having a linux advocate scream "use linux!" to solve all the world's computing problems is just ridiculous. This is the road I'd rather not see any of the BSD's take.

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RE[3]: Lets hope so
by twenex on Thu 26th Oct 2006 21:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Lets hope so"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

What you call passion for a product I call obsessive. I believe in free choice and all that, its when the really hard core advocates come out for linux that really turns me off on it. We know linux is out there and what our choices are. Its good at some tasks but sucks at others. But having a linux advocate scream "use linux!" to solve all the world's computing problems is just ridiculous. This is the road I'd rather not see any of the BSD's take.

If the BSD's want to become more popular then they need to get better hardware support. Seriously. They also need to convince people that the capacity for forking is not as extreme as it may seem, OR not as much of a problem as it seems, OR both.

They also need to promote themselves more - but if you think that BSD users don't go around saying "Linux (or Insert Your Favourite OS Here) is crap, people should use BSD", you're dead wrong. There's also plenty "the GPL is thievery" crap.

As for linux users "screaming 'use linux' to solve all the world's computing problems'; dream on. Linux is an operating system, and therefore it can be adapted to any application anyone chooses to put on it. It's also a much more credible choice than others for a variety of purposes.

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RE[2]: Lets hope so
by jonto on Fri 27th Oct 2006 18:20 in reply to "RE: Lets hope so"
jonto Member since:
2006-06-28

I am passionate about kosher salt. ;)

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