Linked by Oliver on Fri 11th Mar 2011 23:32 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source "Now that Linux is the most popular free Unix-like operating system, it shouldn't be a surprise that some projects have begun treating non-Linux operating systems as second-class citizens. This isn't out of contempt for the BSDs or OpenSolaris, it's just a matter of limited manpower: if almost all the users of the application have a Linux operating system and if all the core developers are using Linux themselves, it's difficult to keep supporting other operating systems. But sometimes the choice to leave out support for other operating systems is explicitly made, e.g. when the developers want to implement some innovative features that require functionality that is (at least for now) only available in the Linux kernel."
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"What I actually suggested in that interview was not so much that the BSDs should adopt the Linux APIs, but instead that people should just forget about the BSDs. Full stop."

And he is entirely entitled to that opinion. Given that Linux runs on many very many platforms these days (at least as many as NetBSD), includes a lot of security technology (no SEBSD in OpenBSD), and has also shown to be performant (the days where FreeBSD was the king of the hill have long passed by), it isn't hard to come to the conclusion that BSD (outside OS X) is obsolete.

As much as I dislike the GPL, even most device vendors do not seem to have problems with using Linux/busybox/..., despite their use of the GPL. They have proven that the license advantage of BSD isn't as big as we once assumed.

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Oliver Member since:

There is something wrong: Linux doesn't actually run on all those platforms, it is possible in theory. NetBSD is ready to run on those, just download the proper image for the chosen architecture.

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danieldk Member since:

FYI: I was NetBSD 'supported' platforms for which distributions were built, but where nobody checked wether they would actually boot. Simply because there was no one on the relevant port lists with working hardware. In that manner the list is somewhat deceptive. And even if a machine does boot, it is pretty worthless without drivers. And Linux has an edge on drivers on nearly every widely used platform (ARM, i386, x86_64, and PPC).

Edited 2011-03-13 19:59 UTC

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