Linked by snydeq on Tue 8th Nov 2011 01:29 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives Deep End's Paul Venezia wonders why more folks aren't using FreeBSD on the desktop. 'There used to be a saying -- at least I've said it many times -- that my workstations run Linux, my servers run FreeBSD. Sure, it's quicker to build a Linux box, do a "yum install x y z" and toss it out into the wild as a fully functional server, but the extra time required to really get a FreeBSD box tuned will come back in spades through performance and stability metrics. You'll get more out of the hardware, be that virtual or physical, than you will on a generic Linux binary installation.'
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RE[3]: I agree, 10 years ago.
by edogawaconan on Tue 8th Nov 2011 03:44 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I agree, 10 years ago."
edogawaconan
Member since:
2006-10-10

I respect your right to use Linux, but what tools are you using that don't exist on FreeBSD? I think for most people, they want what you want, and if they also want the 3D and cool games and all the extras, they can use nvidia cards which are fully supported in FreeBSD.

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RE[4]: I agree, 10 years ago.
by gilboa on Tue 8th Nov 2011 10:15 in reply to "RE[3]: I agree, 10 years ago."
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

I respect your right to use Linux, but what tools are you using that don't exist on FreeBSD? I think for most people, they want what you want, and if they also want the 3D and cool games and all the extras, they can use nvidia cards which are fully supported in FreeBSD.


Not so simple - at least in my case, 64bit nVidia support under FreeBSD is not as solid as its Linux counterpart.

- Gilboa

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RE[5]: I agree, 10 years ago.
by sean on Tue 8th Nov 2011 18:50 in reply to "RE[4]: I agree, 10 years ago."
sean Member since:
2005-06-29

Not so simple - at least in my case, 64bit nVidia support under FreeBSD is not as solid as its Linux counterpart.

- Gilboa


In what way? I use that driver on my workstation, and I have no trouble with it. Long ago I did.

If you have trouble with it, you can ask questions on nv News's forum ( http://nvnews.net/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=47 ). nVidia employees are present there. Also, you can ask on the FreeBSD forum ( http://forums.freebsd.org/ ).

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No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

My wireless card. There's a driver for it, just a pity it doesn't work. Doesn't work with USB tethering with my mobile phone either (doesn't even register in dmesg). Hell, FreeBSD is even weird in accepting USB memory sticks.

In short: to me, with my hardware, it's just not worth the bother trying to install and configure it. In fact, it's not even possible to do it, without networking.

And no, I've got nothing against FreeBSD. I used it in the 4.x days and liked it a lot, and installed it with the intention of jumping ship if I found it better than Debian Sid currently is (not being quite happy with the current state of things there).

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Video and audio drivers.

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