Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Mar 2010 16:55 UTC, submitted by Joel Dahl
FreeBSD The FreeBSD team has released FreeBSD 7.3, the fourth release of the 7-STABLE branch. There will be one more release in this branch, but at this point, most developers are already working on the 8-STABLE branch. FreeBSD 7.3 focusses on bug fixes, but has a few new features as well.
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RE: I have always liked FreeBSD
by cycoj on Fri 26th Mar 2010 02:38 UTC in reply to "I have always liked FreeBSD"
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Although I agree with you that FreeBSD is very interesting and I really like the approach they take with things I don't think it is due to the HW support. Initially both BSD and Linux were on a very similar level with respect to hardware support. I think there's a number of reasons why Linux is more popular than all the BSD. The major factor now is IMO momentum. Linux just has a lot more momentum behind it due sheer numbers. As others pointed out the legal uncertainty in the 90s might have slowed BSD adoption (I personally don't think that is much of a reason, the hackers who would have been interested in it wouldn't care too much about the legal bickering and corporate adoption of Linux really only took of in the late 90s). I think one of the main reasons is simply the licence. Initially I think more developers were attracted to Linux because of the GPL, especially developers not coming from an academic background didn't want a company to profit from their work without giving back (the reason why I think academics are more comfortable with the BSD licence is because they are more used to the fact that other people might profit from their ideas without them profiting except through citation. The BSD licence is very "academic" in that way.). Later big companies like IBM realised that Linux gave them an equal playing field, i.e. they could implement their ideas and another company could not take it make it uncompatible and profit from it. For IBM who use software as a service model this is essential. Because nobody can make closed source derivative they will be able to sell services to everyone using Linux.

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marafaka Member since:

You're making a problem when there is none, then analyze how that problem came to be. Let me paraphraze:

FreeBSD is not like a big fat hamster. This is a problem, I declare. What can we do about it? Maybe his mother was a small furry drinking bitcch so this poor FreeBSD had bad furnes and greatnes genes? Let's come together and waste our brainwaves on how can we avoid this tragic problem when history repeats itself. Yea, then we'll make FreeBSD into a hamster.

If you need a prepackaged and polished version of FreeBSD why don't you take OsX? Now what's the problem again?

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cycoj Member since:

Did you mean to reply to me?? I'm not making a problem out of anything. I actually think popularity is way overrated and I could care less if the system I'm using (Linux) is suitable for the masses, because it's definitely is for me. I was simply replying to the OP about the reasons why FreeBSD is not as popular as Linux IMO.

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tylerdurden Member since:

I agree with a lot of your points.

I still believe that the whole momentum is a bit of a chicken and egg issue. Linux gained momentum because lots of vendors decided to offer HW support for that OS.

From my perspective, I do like both Linux and the BSDs (each have their strengths). It is just that linux ever changing interfaces are a total pain in the a**. How many time do they need to reinvent the wheel exactly.

As much of an authoritarian ass Torvalds is portrayed as being sometimes, he has been rather focused on the kernel and completely ignored the user land. Which has been both a blessing: lots of choice for OSS developers. And a curse: too "many mediocre choices" for the end users.

Linux is a developers' system, not an users' system. That is the main issue why it will never gain traction in the Desktop. As I said, from my personal perspective... Linux has been a nightmare when it comes to use commercial tools, but it is a dream for custom solutions.

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