Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 5th Oct 2005 07:44 UTC, submitted by Dan
FreeBSD BSDForums interviews FreeBSD Release Engineering Team's Scott Long relating to various aspects of FreeBSD. Topics discussed include FreeBSD general issues, its academic roots, how FreeBSD compares to other BSDs - OpenBSD, NetBSD, and the ongoing debate on FreeBSD vs. Linux. Scott gives us his perspective on the corporate adoption and popularity of FreeBSD. He brings us up to speed on FreeBSD 6.0, its new features and enhancements, including Apple G4 PowerMac, AMD64 and wireless compatibility. Scott also discusses FreeBSD 6.0's upgrade path and release timetable.
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by butters on Wed 5th Oct 2005 10:20 UTC
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The support economy is practically built into the free software platform, and still there are no real takers. I'm talking independent support providers competing to provide services to free software users. We're beginning to see a little of this from Red Hat and the like, but just to make their own platform viable in the marketplace. Projects like FreeBSD, Debian, etc. can't and won't provide premium support service on their own.

Someone should create a startup to sell support services for some of these platforms. Solicit some venture capital, make some splash in the media, and run with it. Whoever first manages to do this will get very rich.

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