Reply to V. Velox & questions about ``evangelism''

Bob Martin bob at
Tue Jan 20 03:50:51 PST 2004

For some reason, I feel compelled to mention debian's apt program here. 
It's very much the same as the port upgrade tools, except it defaults to 
installing the package instead of building the port. Nice software, and 
every bit as functional and robust as the ports.

I've not see my "pet reason for FBSD vs Linux in this thread, or at 
least mentioned in detail. Linux doesn't have an equivalent to MFC. If a 
cool new driver comes out, you have to change kernel's to get it. Far 
more importantly, if a nasty bug is found in your kernel, you'll have to 
change kernels to get rid of it. As Linux has matured, that's less of an 
issue than it was in the not too distant past, but you could still end 
up breaking something important to get a bug fix.

Bob Martin

Matt Olander wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 17, 2004 at 01:01:54AM +0100, Michal Pasternak wrote:
>>... Gentoo Linux
>>... pkgsrc
>>... propably some more build systems I haven't heard of.
>>>From Gentoo Linux user's perspective, Portage build system will be better,
>>than FreeBSD Ports, just because s/he will be able to rebuild whole system,
>>not only 3rd-part apps using single interface.
> good point. I've never tried it myself, but I've heard it's fairly cool
> if you're going to use linux. they don't anywhere near 10,000 ports
> though do they? does it actually compile from source?
> cheers,
> -matt
>>Other your points are very important, there aren't many opensource operating
>>systems, which provide such things.
> yeah, let's come up with some more.

More information about the freebsd-advocacy mailing list