Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th May 2007 20:48 UTC, submitted by dolores
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "GNU/Linux is the most popular operating system built with free/open source software. However, it is not the only one: FreeBSD is also becoming popular for its stability, robustness and security. In this article, I'll take a look at their similarities and differences."
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RE: Ports with shorts
by J-freebsd_98 on Thu 31st May 2007 17:57 UTC in reply to "Ports with shorts"
J-freebsd_98
Member since:
2006-01-01

in answer to your more recent post, I use BSD everyday except saturday (when I use windows98 to read newsgroups)
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I dont use openoffice.org; however I have about twice as many editors as the following (which don't include, probably, all the HTML editors/IDE's i think)
...
abiword (I would sugg. this r.t. openoffice if the latter is problematic)
emacs20 (have used it for Usenet, very impressed)
gedit
leafpad
manedit
nedit
scite
scribes
thoteditor
xenon
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I don't recc. everything in that list, as a few editors
i've not used with good results (maybe 1 of 10 or 2 of 20)
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packages ... well i stopped using them a year ago...
unless I am porting an app to a laptop where they serve
super
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'has become obsolete' whaat? (the speed issue is
being discussed as to-be-fixed; it only applies i think
in the 'registering package' phase if a port has a lot
of dependencies.
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stuff breaks way less often than your post intones,
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you may be correct in that the feisty* is quicker, but
the ports *just* needs expertise and experience to
manage (a steep learning curve in some respects but
I have read many threads where in the end it is more
workable than other systems (apt-get or...rpm or...)
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[leaving further discussion out; lack of time, sorry]

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RE[2]: Ports with shorts
by Almindor on Fri 1st Jun 2007 07:38 in reply to "RE: Ports with shorts"
Almindor Member since:
2006-01-16

I envy you really. I'd like to use FreeBSD because I believe they have the base system and kernel "right". But for example imagine this situation. I am a "incorporated" student, in other words, I work and study at the same time, and when I get work it's usually high concentrated amount of work needed to be done fast.

Now imagine that I need to do some php/someSQL stuff with a specific (say latest) mySQL. Ok, no problem right? I just go from ports.. Well wrong, because yesterday I updated python to 2.5 in expectation (as a hobby thing to see the changes) and guess what? The day after, they made 2.4 latest again. But I didn't get it before my compilation of mysql and other things broke, which already stole 2 hours of my time.

So I spent another 2 hours setting things right.

This DID happen, ask people about the python extempore with 2.5. It wasn't some "read the updating" thing. They simply made a mistake, and it happens relatively often. The question is, how often do YOU update to see it? If it's like 1 a month then you won't see it unless you have bad luck.

I really wish I could use freeBSD, but compare my problem on Ubuntu. I get the stuff ready in about 5 minutes there...

The only possible problem with ubuntu is that it's release only once 6 months, and it's packages are bound to this. But it's usually new enough for my needs, while in freeBSD even the ports are getting outdated (eg: the situation with X not so long ago).

Edited 2007-06-01 07:40

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