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[5]: Lets hope so
by garymax on Fri 27th Oct 2006 03:31 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Lets hope so"
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Original statement: "If the BSD's want to become more popular then they need to get better hardware support."

A reply: "I just love these standard, inaccurate cookiecutter arguments. You need to get a clue. Seriously."

I worked with FreeBSD trying to get it to install on a computer that is known to work great with Linux and does. When I tried FreeBSD, the install, while easy, was the only good part of my experience.

FreeBSD is not as smooth as Linux on hardware. It lacks drivers and critical commercial support that Linux gets on an everyday basis. So this observation is correct and is even admitted to by FreeBSD developers.

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RE[6]: Lets hope so
by Soulbender on Fri 27th Oct 2006 03:36 in reply to "RE[5]: Lets hope so"
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"FreeBSD is not as smooth as Linux on hardware."

That's a pretty widereaching conclusion to come to from trying to get it installed on one computer. I could say the same about Linux using my own experience (Ubuntu did not support my ralink wifi, openbsd did). Also, FreeBSD != BSD.

Edited 2006-10-27 03:37

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RE[7]: Lets hope so
by garymax on Fri 27th Oct 2006 03:44 in reply to "RE[6]: Lets hope so"
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But that's my point.

Any computer upon which Linux runs nicely and FreeBSD has problems is one more strike against the system.

Regardless of the reason for the difficulty, when Linux installs and works out of the box (several distros mind you) and FreeBSD chokes and is a pain to get working--if working at all, it is one more testimonial to the fact that FreeBSD has a way to go to reach parity with Linux in terms of ease of installation.

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RE[7]: Lets hope so
by twenex on Fri 27th Oct 2006 08:54 in reply to "RE[6]: Lets hope so"
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I tried it on every system I could get my hands on. One major version even tanked before loading the install program (NetBSD 3.0). So don't give me the cookie-cutter argument, because it won't wash.

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