Linked by the_randymon on Fri 25th Jan 2013 09:21 UTC
Linux After about a year of work, the ArchLinux distribution now offers a variant running on the FreeBSD kernel. Says the developer, "Why would I do this? If like me, you enjoy FreeBSD and love it, but also like the philosophy behind Arch Linux, which is a fast, lightweight, optimized distro, I figured why not combine the both. Even though you could just do it on FreeBSD using the ports, not everyone wants to compile." This now puts Arch in the same category as Debian with Debian GNU/KFreeBSD, which offers a Debian userland on top of a FreeBSD kernel.
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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by Laurence on Fri 25th Jan 2013 12:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
Laurence
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2007-03-26

Personally I find switching between Windows and *nix more confusing than switching between Arch, Debian, SLES, Solaris and FreeBSD every day.

At least with the different *nix's, they're all largely POSIX and any terminal mistakes takes just a couple of seconds to spot (eg using ps ax in Solaris, forgetting I need to use the hyphened switches instead).

Switching between Windows and *nix, I'm confronted with not only a different type of terminal shell entirely (the number of times I type ls into cmd.exe is just embarrassing), but a completely different file system hierarchy and even a unique different.

Quite honestly, it almost always takes me 5 or 10 minutes of guess work before I've readjusted to Windows.

Edited 2013-01-25 12:49 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Fri 25th Jan 2013 12:48 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Oh, I'm pretty cool with that, it's just I sometimes try to exit Notepad.exe by pretty <esc>wq.

The problem I had with Linux vs FreeBSD were mostly the command switches. Many I don't know, until I sit behind a Linux prompt and have to type them. On FreeBSD some are the same, some are not, some have different effects.

As it was my desktop OS it made more sense to switch back to Linux as its desktop development went much faster than FreeBSD's and I already knew how it worked.

Nothing bad to say about FreeBSD though.

BTW I'm tidying up my house and I found many more watches.

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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by Laurence on Fri 25th Jan 2013 12:55 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Oh, I'm pretty cool with that, it's just I sometimes try to exit Notepad.exe by pretty <esc>wq.

haha +1
I've done that in so many GUI editors I've lost track!


The problem I had with Linux vs FreeBSD were mostly the command switches. Many I don't know, until I sit behind a Linux prompt and have to type them. On FreeBSD some are the same, some are not, some have different effects.

Yeah. Funny enough i did edit my post (sorry about the ninja edit there) to talk about that a little more.

The changes in switches are annoying, I'll grant you that. FreeBSD tends to be pretty good in supporting a lot of Linux's standards though - or it might be GNU supporting BSD switches. I can't recall off hand. But switching to Solaris is even harder in terms of switch incompatibilities.


As it was my desktop OS it made more sense to switch back to Linux as its desktop development went much faster than FreeBSD's and I already knew how it worked.

Nothing bad to say about FreeBSD though.

I appreciate that. I wasn't intending to criticise you there so I hope my comments didn't read that way. ;)

I was just expressing my own anecdotal evidence to anyone who might be interested.


BTW I'm tidying up my house and I found many more watches.

Oh nice one. I'm still yet to find an affordable watch I like (and I'm not about to spend a lot on a watch that's going to be warn everyday and thus accidentally banged into things.

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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by tidux on Fri 25th Jan 2013 19:38 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

And that's why I use GVim in Windows. I usually stick with terminal-mode Vim on *nix, but cmd and powershell are just embarassingly bad terminal emulators. I mean wtf, a DOS-style environment that can't handle 256 colors? No UTF-8 support in 20 freaking 13?

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