Home > In the News > Network Computing Asia articles Network Computing Asia articles Submitted by TTF 2004-10-23 In the News 7 Comments Some FreeBSD and Linux coverage in Aug and Oct issues of Network Computing Asia: FreeBSD still Packs a Wallop, Inside Linux, Where Does Linux Work?. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 7 Comments 2004-10-23 9:03 pm “while Linux is an offspring of Minix, a Unix-like OS” No. its not. read http://www.cs.vu.nl/~ast/brown/ However, Linux uses GPL (GNU General Public Licence), which forbids anyone from benefitting financially from the OS. —- when do these guys learn to read? http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#TOCDoesTheGPLAllowMoney And bsd has restrictions too. you simply cannot remove the copyright headers. the only completely free license is public domain http://www.sqlite.org/copyright.html 2004-10-23 9:10 pm Many open source software projects are released under the GPL (General Public License) or LGPL (Lesser General Public License) for personal use but require royalties and/or licensing fees for corporate and commercial use — Obsolutely no open source license requires royalty based on usage. it wont even quality as a open source license if it does. please do some basic research while writing an article guys 2004-10-24 1:42 am I’m kind of tired of reading that FreeBSD is tightly integrated while linux distros are loosely knit. The fact that Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, … are maintained by coordinated teams doesn’t seem to be taken into consideration by a lot of reporters. Maybe it’s time for the media to sing another tune. 2004-10-24 8:06 am I read a lot of misinformed articles but “However, Linux uses GPL (GNU General Public Licence), which forbids anyone from benefitting financially from the OS.” nearly made me choke. Someone needs to inform them of their gross negligence in research. I kept looking for the “tell us we have no idea what we’re talking about” button but I couldn’t find it. FreeBSD is very good though, and often doesn’t get enough credit, but that’s no excuse for incorrect facts. The article says, “It really depends on whether you have done your due diligent research on all available operating systems for the job at hand.” They really should have taken their own advice. 2004-10-24 8:26 pm I have used FreeBSD since v4.0 and consider it a super efficient system. I can run it on an older machine and still have memory left over :-). Also, FreeBSD’s assembler is FAST for some reason and files compile super quick. However, as great as FreeBSD is, I’m starting to feel like it is becoming left behind in the world of Open Source. I rarely find good articles on it anymore and the driver support just isn’t what it used to be. Hopefully when 5.3 is released and marked as the new STABLE release, it will get more press again. 2004-10-25 4:51 am DragonFly BSD looks very promising. 2004-10-25 11:09 pm The FreeBSD article is way inaccurate. This OS deserves much better… Luckily, however, there *are* good articles on *BSD: here for example one can find a lot of gems (tutorials, tricks and technical stuff) http://www.onlamp.com/pub/q/all_bsd_articles and new articles are published quite frequently.