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FreeBSD Some people already submitted this news last week, but it wasn't until today that it became official: the FreeBSD team has announced the release of FreeBSD version 9.0. As you may expect from the major version number change, this is releas eis packed with new stuff.
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sbergman27
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2005-07-24

However, desktop usability is really becoming an issue in Unix world (as far as desktop usage is concerned).

I agree. To the extent that Linux has a desktop presence. One tends to get a skewed sense of reality when immersed in the OSNews noosphere. (Oops. I used an ESRism.)

I included this link in a post I made a little while ago. While it's handy, I may as well use it here, too:

http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-ww-yearly-2008-2012

In a nutshell, *if* we want more people using Linux on the desktop (and that is not necessarily a given) then we need to be doing something differently than we have been.

-Steve

P.S. Same goes for the FreeBSD and PC-BSD guys, too. They face the same questions and the same problems.

Edited 2012-01-13 19:23 UTC

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twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11


P.S. Same goes for the FreeBSD and PC-BSD guys, too. They face the same questions and the same problems.


BSD doesn't face the same problems since BSD projects (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD etc) are being run by teams which stand behind their projects. BSD isn't an anarchy, unlike Linux.

FreeBSD is an operating system. OpenBSD is an operating system. Ubuntu is a distro, Fedora is a distro. Linux is what?

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

FreeBSD is an operating system. OpenBSD is an operating system. Ubuntu is a distro, Fedora is a distro. Linux is what?

As should be pretty obvious to you, the meaning of the term "Linux" is dependent upon context, as are so many terms in most natural languages. In this context, it is obviously the summation of systems using a Linux kernel. It is both convenient and proper to use the term "Linux" to refer to that set. Please don't try to confuse the issue with all that silly Stallmanesque "Linux is just a kernel" rhetoric. It is both irrelevant and unbecoming.

Anyway, please refer to the linked statistics. If Linux is at 0.75% of desktop usage, none of the *BSDs register at all.

That's not intended to be a jab at the *BSD distros. But it's something I must point out in order to properly address your post.

The *BSDs face many of the same problems that Linux does. But obviously, the two sets are not absolutely identical. No doubt the *BSD's are doing some things right that the Linux world, by and large, is doing wrong. But the Linux strategy, as a whole, has apparently been more effective at conquering the desktop. Though it should be fairly obvious by now that that is not saying much.

Edited 2012-01-13 20:47 UTC

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Ubuntu is a distro, Fedora is a distro. Linux is what?


Ubuntu is an operating systems, Fedora is an operating system. Linux is kernel.

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