Linked by Julian Djamil Fagir on Thu 14th Feb 2013 22:23 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives BSD (Berkely System Distribution) was a research operating system based on the original AT&T Unix, developed by the University of Berkeley, California. It has been Open Source right from the beginning, and after the university lost interest in developing it further, several community projects started up (the very first ones were NetBSD and FreeBSD in the early nineties) to continue developing BSD. Anyway, Linux was born roughly at the same time, but a pending lawsuit about copyright infringements prevented the BSD projects to become as successful as Linux (though you could argue about the exact reasons).
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Keep getting better
by bolomkxxviii on Fri 15th Feb 2013 14:46 UTC
bolomkxxviii
Member since:
2006-05-19

I have been using Linux since 2001. Every year or so I give BSD a test run. There is a lot to like but for me it just isn't there yet. Too many issues to resolve when trying to get everything working as a daily use machine. When it "just works" after installation like Linux Mint I will give it serious consideration. Here is hoping...

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RE: Keep getting better
by Laurence on Fri 15th Feb 2013 15:21 in reply to "Keep getting better"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I have been using Linux since 2001. Every year or so I give BSD a test run. There is a lot to like but for me it just isn't there yet. Too many issues to resolve when trying to get everything working as a daily use machine. When it "just works" after installation like Linux Mint I will give it serious consideration. Here is hoping...

Which BSDs did you try?
Have you tried PC-BSD?

Ultimately though, there's more to an OS than whether your desktop does compositing out of the box.

Edited 2013-02-15 15:26 UTC

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RE: Keep getting better
by twitterfire on Fri 15th Feb 2013 15:52 in reply to "Keep getting better"
twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

When it "just works" after installation like Linux Mint I will give it serious consideration. Here is hoping...


If you want something where you just click next, next, next to install and will auto detect hardware and install necessary drivers and media codecs, you can give Pc-BSD a try. It is as user friendly as Linux Mint.

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RE[2]: Keep getting better
by ewayte on Fri 15th Feb 2013 21:00 in reply to "RE: Keep getting better"
ewayte Member since:
2010-07-15

PC-BSD has the same hardware issues as FreeBSD. For example, in order to enable Atheros 9285 wireless support, you have to edit /boot/loader.conf as root and add if_ath_load="YES". This is not something most folks would not feel comfortable doing.

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RE: Keep getting better
by dindin on Fri 15th Feb 2013 15:55 in reply to "Keep getting better"
dindin Member since:
2006-03-29

Unless the BSDs get a proper top-to-bottom binary package management working, they will be a OS just for techies and servers. They tried that with pkgng and ... well .... lets see if that works ... has not yet.

I run FreeBSD on several servers for lots of network packet analysis but run Linux and OS X on the laptop/desktop. Severs is great since I do not have to compile and install from ports a lot of packages so no broken ports on the core stuff. But won't trust that on the desktop.

Heres hoping to see FreeBSD on the desktop soon.

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RE[2]: Keep getting better
by phoenix on Fri 15th Feb 2013 18:30 in reply to "RE: Keep getting better"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

2013 should be "the year of binary packages" for FreeBSD.

You can already upgrade the base OS via freebsd-update(8).

And the PKGng project will allow you to do binary upgrades of your 3rd-party software (aka ports) with the ease of Debian's apt-get. All the pieces are in place for 9.0 and 9.1, and PKGng is now the default on 10-CURRENT. All that's missing is for the package-building cluster to be brought back online to build binary packages on a regular basis. The cluster is being rebuilt due to the security incident last fall.

However, one can use ports-mgmt/poudriere to create their own package-building system, and use PKGng to manage everything on their own systems.

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RE[2]: Keep getting better
by laffer1 on Fri 15th Feb 2013 23:54 in reply to "RE: Keep getting better"
laffer1 Member since:
2007-11-09

That's what we've been working on for some time in MidnightBSD. Our mport package management tools were covered in a BSD Magazine article if you're interested.

I'm planning on doing the 0.4 release with the package tools this year. You can actually use an early version in 0.3 as an option, but it doesn't have all the polish one would expect.

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