freebsd vs. linux - educated opinions wanted

Guy Van Sanden n.b at
Sat May 17 08:29:53 PDT 2003

IMO, this is a semi-religious debate.  I use both FreeBSD and Linux,
both for different goals and reasons.

Even if I had a strong preference I believe the existance of both is
good.  Different views create discussion and ideas, and these are needed
to get ahead.

BTW, I've had hardware support problems with both of them, they're
solved now.  But these are mainly the fault of a manufacturer refusing
to release their specs, and not something in either OS.

I think that it's ashame that the two communities (Linux en FreeBSD) are
fighting amongst themselves so often, while the *real* opposition like
MS and SCO try to get us.
With some mutual respect both sides can thrive.

Just my 2 eurocents.


On Sat, 2003-05-17 at 14:53, MikeM wrote:
> On 5/16/2003 at 9:00 PM David Kelly wrote:
> |On Friday 16 May 2003 07:57 pm, Aaron Peterson wrote:
> |[...]
> |>
> |> 1. There is better hardware support for linux, and more features
> |> because there are more developers.
> |
> |Better hardware support? I don't confuse "support of more hardware" with 
> |the claim of "better hardware support." So what if by some chance 
> |FreeBSD doesn't support some oddball reverse-engineered proprietary 1x 
> |CDROM hardware interface that Linux supports?
>  =============
> In my experience, I had to switch my media server from FreeBSd to Linux due
> to the lack of full support for the 3Ware IDE RAID card in FreeBSD.
> I would have much preferred to keep the server in FreebSD due to the better
> "coherency" of the BSD's.  But I'm not going to put 320GB of media files
> onto a server dependent upon a IDE controller that is not supported by the
> OS.
> I would hardly call the 3Ware IDE RAID controllers "oddball".  IDE RAID
> arrays are presenting a valid, cost-effective alternative to the SCSI RAID
> arrays in many implementations, especially once the serial-ATA drives start
> shipping en masse.  An excellent server OS like FreeBSD should provide
> proper support for those controllers.
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