Using FreeBSD - Or Debian kFreeBSD

Frank Mitchell mitchell at
Mon Jun 18 17:14:59 UTC 2012


I started using FreeBSD because I wanted to develop an independent CD/DVD 
Writing utility. FreeBSD had its ATAPI Interface sorted when Linux was still 
struggling with the old IDE-SCSI Driver. So I got started using FreeBSD, and 
developed "Spiegel" (the thing with the Wildebeest License, which you'll find 
on the Web) and a couple of other utilities. But then the FreeBSD Interface 
changed and my programs crashed for reasons which I couldn't understand. 
Meanwhile Linux got their SG Interface sorted, so I switched to Linux, which 
then worked better anyway.

Another point which may be relevant: I like trying different Unix flavours, 
so my habit is always to install new versions from scratch, never upgrading. 
As a FreeBSD Desktop User I get problems which don't seem to bother other 
people, and this could be the reason why. Possibly Debian kFreeBSD will 
resolve these issues when it reaches Production form.

Yours truly: Frank Mitchell

On Saturday 16 June 2012 03:55:19 Jozef Baum wrote:
> I prefer FreeBSD for 4 reasons:
> - FreeBSD has true Unix roots, it's not just a new implementation of Unix,
> like Linux.
> - FreeBSD is a complete operating system, not just a kernel with third
> party utilities, like Linux.
> - FreeBSD has a development concept which guarantees a much more
> homogeneous quality of the overall system than Linux.
> - FreeBSD has a license agreement which offers much more freedom than the
> GPL, which applies to Linux.
> However, there is much more documentatíon availabe to start with Linux than
> with FreeBSD.
> The problem of FreeBSD is not its technical quality, but the complete lack
> of any efficient marketing.
> FreeBSD people seem to think that, because FreeBSD is a superior product,
> people will use it. However, society doesn't work this way.
> FreeBSD has to convince users of its benefits they can appreciate (not
> extremely technical onces), and to make the transition to FreeBSD as easy
> and smooth as possible for them.
> This is definitely not something that can be done by people with a sticker
> "Intel inside" on their back, and who take it for granted that newcomers to
> FreeBSD know UNIX.
> At present, FreeBSD positions itself as a system to which Linux user can
> switch.
> FreeBSD should position itself as the best product for newcomers to the
> UNIX-world.
> --------------------------------------------------
> Von: "Allen" <Unix.Hacker at>
> Datum: Samstag, 16. Juni 2012 00:28
> An: <freebsd-advocacy at>
> Betreff: Re: Why Are You Using FreeBSD?
> > On 5/31/2012 4:58 AM, David Chisnall wrote:
> >> Thanks to all who replied, both on and off list.  I've attempted to
> >> distill the replies that I got into a coherent summary.  I've put the
> >> draft on the wiki here:
> >>
> >> 
> >> Feedback welcome!
> > 
> > I thought it was nice :) I personally have liked the way that both
> > FreeBSD and Slackware Linux have handled the Advocacy of the OS compared
> > to some others. Not sure why, I just do.
> > 
> > But it's nice to have this as well, because it's one thing to wear a
> > FreeBSD tee shirt under a FreeBSD hoodie while wearing FreeBSD Boxers
> > and using a Laptop covered in BSD stickers (Yea, I've done this), but
> > it's probably easiest when someone asks why you use it, to simply say
> > "Well, read this and see if you'd like it too, and it's free so you
> > don't have to pay if you don't want to, and you can install it very
> > easily, and configure every single aspect of it"
> > 
> > I think we all have our reasons that we use it, and it's nice to see
> > them kind of distilled into one place where you can send someone to
> > look, or, just see what other people are using it with, and why, and
> > what for, and maybe even get new ideas of your own.
> > 
> > For whatever it's worth; GREAT job!
> > 
> > -Allen / gore
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