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 Lazarus on Thu 6th Oct 2005 05:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ,"
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"Most people prefer crappy software with decent support to decent software with crappy support."

I've been thinking about this post for a while, and while I was innitially inclined to agree with it, I've since changed my mind. I think it's more accurate to say that most people expect software to be crappy, and therefore expect that the vendor will support the mess that they've created.

Furthermore, I am certain that the vendors themselves prefer the "ship product early, support it later" rather than getting the product done properly so that support would be far less of an issue. I find that the quality of damned near anything more complicated than a hammer to be lacking these days, regardless of who makes them, or where the production takes place.

In general, I've found that OSS is less crappy than most proprietary software I've used, with the notable exceptions of DEs (both KDE and GNOME seem brittle and flaky to me), and most Linux distributions I've tried, and as such, it's less of an issue to have to support something myself.

In all, it's just a miserable situation that we're all in that quality is rarely the first priority, and for this, we all suffer.

In closing, FreeBSD is nice, NetBSD is interesting, DragonFly has a lot of potential, and although not the highest performer, I've never had a stock OpenBSD install crash on me on either x86 or PPC hardware. But there's certainly much room for improvement.

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