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 jessta on Wed 5th Oct 2005 12:41 UTC in reply to ","
jessta
Member since:
2005-08-17

Free software is created by developers for developers.
We release the source code so others can improve the software so we have the use of better software.
It's quite a selfish thing.

Users serve no use but to file bug reports.
If a user doesn't understand enough about the software they are using to file a bug then they are useless to the community.

If a user must go to the effort of learning about their software to take advantage of free software instead of running to tech support everytime something goes wrong then they will also learn enough to file bugs.

A lot of users refuse to learn. They are of no use to the free software community and would therefore be leeching.
Learning is good for everyone.

- Jesse McNelis

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by John Nilsson on Wed 5th Oct 2005 13:35 in reply to "RE[2]: ,"
John Nilsson Member since:
2005-07-06

I just want to add to this (agree completley) that I didn't migrate to Linux (the same statement applies) because I thogut that it would be or will be a great PnP desktop appliance aimed at my mum and dad.

I went linux because I liked the parts that where aimed at _me_ a geek and a hoppy developer.

I would thus be happier if future "usabilliy studies" and HIG's where based on the assumption that the majority of users are tech savvy geeks and power users.

Ok, this was OT, sorry. Carry on discussing FreeBSD. Any more thoughts on GNU vs. BSD (as oposed to the ever boring Linux)?

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by John Nilsson on Wed 5th Oct 2005 13:38 in reply to "RE[3]: ,"
John Nilsson Member since:
2005-07-06

...hmm, I should use the preview feature in the future. I'll blame this one on no sleep.

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by Wintermute on Wed 5th Oct 2005 13:56 in reply to "RE[2]: ,"
Wintermute Member since:
2005-07-30

Fair enough, though this doesn't apply to all projects, some projects like Firefox are capable of being user-focused.

Users serve no use but to file bug reports.

Well, with such an attitude you'll never be able to reach wide acceptance and wide acceptance is what you need if you want BSD to be truelly useable (even for power users, think of things like drivers for BSD, plugins etc).

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