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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Marketing
by on Wed 5th Oct 2005 13:58 UTC

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Great interview and many thanks to OSNews/BSDForums for making it available! Also, good luck to Scott and the rest of the FreeBSD community and thanks for your dedication and hard work!

It's great to hear about new features and improvements but I think more discussion is needed in the area of marketing.

"Do you believe it is time to create some core team or other positions to increase FreeBSD awareness?"

"A "marketing team" was created several months ago specifically to address the need to get more involved with companies that use FreeBSD and interact more with the news media. They welcome comments from users, developers, and the public at marketing@freebsd.org."

I think this coupled with the new BSD Certification effort is an important and needed step that will help raise awareness and gain Corporate mindshare.

Personally speaking, I'd wage that a large percentage of businesses currently using FreeBSD or any other *BSD flavor are using them without the knowledge of management. I think most managers are oblivious to what *BSD is and are only vaguely familiar with Linux. I'd also guess that most are unfamiliar with the whole concept of Open Source.

There needs to be an effort to reach/educate these people before FreeBSD or any other *BSD will see a higher level of adoption in the corporate arena.

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RE: Marketing
by Smartpatrol on Wed 5th Oct 2005 16:55 in reply to "Marketing"
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2005-07-06

BSD is such a great set of OS'es i prefer them over Linux . I have heard rumblings here where i work about using linux more for corporate tasks. something i am against with out a clear plan and idea of where the cost benifit will be. It was even suggested that we run Linux on our Sparc based servers we have <rolls eyes> (okay so i work with some people that are out of touch) Anyway i would push BSD but its hard to translate superb qualities of BSD and advantages over Linux when they can't even understand how retarded it would be to run Linux on Sparc based SUN hardware especially when companies like RedHat package Linux so nicely.

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