Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Jan 2012 22:54 UTC
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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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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