Freebsd vs. linux
ea1abz at wanadoo.es
Sat Feb 12 11:10:31 GMT 2005
Anthony Atkielski wrote:
> Still another reason why I prefer FreeBSD is that it places far less
> emphasis on the desktop. Linux has been moving more and more towards a
> desktop because that's where the hype and money is perceived to be.
Hello Anthony and FreeBSD fans
I use Debian as my main system and I do not agree with you. I do not
think that Linux distributions I use are doing more enphasis on the
desktop. At least on Debian or Gentoo (the distros I know) you always
have the choice (the whole OS) to install or not the X-window system.
They also have a "base system" concept. If you need a server you only
install the software you need for the server. If you want a desktop full
of bells ans whistles, you install the X-window System, and whatever
window manager you like. I think it is the same for FreeBSD. I have seen
that the great ports collection contains the same software that I have
> Unfortunately, a kernel alone doesn't make an operating system. So
> people began adding programs to the kernel in order to provide something
> complete enough to actually run as an OS. Different organizations added
> a different mix of programs, and each mix today is called a
> "distribution." No two distributions are alike. The set of programs
> you get in your Linux OS from Red Hat isn't the same as the set of
> programs you get in your OS from Debian, and so on.
> The Linux situation is pretty unusual. Most operating systems,
> including FreeBSD, are supplied as complete operating systems from the
> start, including not only a kernel but also a comprehensive, coherent,
> and consistent set of system programs to run under that kernel. You
> don't need a "distribution"; the OS already contains everything you need
> to run the system. In my view, this greatly improves reliability,
> stability, and coherent of the OS, as there is only one version of the
> OS for each release, and it is complete in itself.
I asume that the Debian guys are expertise enough to put that "mix" in a
comprehensive, coherent,and consistent set of system programs to run
under Linux kernel, as you say. My system also never hangs and works
So I agree with Nick, I think Linux and FreeBSD are two great OSes, and
that each one has its pros and cons. Choosing one or the other, is a
matter of taste.
I although have observed that in this list, some of you hate Linux.
I have never seen insults to FreeBSD in the Debian e-mail lists. They
some times talk about some experiences about FreeBSD, but never say
things like " such crap FreeBSD ......" as I have heard here many times.
Be in peace my friends.
Anyway, I like both very much, I am following this e-mail list and
playing with my FreeBSD install in another slice to get confortable and
perhaps, one day, I will change. Also I try to help the FreeBSD proyect
submitting some bug reports as I found them. I am not an expert but I
enjoy helping others.
PS: I am a christian and I DO NOT see any reasons to hate the beastie. I
love the beastie, I find it nice, pleasant and kind. I like it very
much. Do not change it please! ;-)
Sorry for my bad english.
Enjoy the Free OSes.
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