Freebsd vs. linux
atkielski.anthony at wanadoo.fr
Sat Feb 12 11:32:04 GMT 2005
Ramiro Aceves writes:
> 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.
I prefer not to have to choose among three dozen different
"distributions." Keeping on top of releases is hard enough; having
multiple releases of multiple distributions is a useless complication.
And Gentoo seems to pop up all too often on Bugtraq (so does Linux in
> 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've never noticed anything like that during installation. You just
install FreeBSD, period. You do have the choice of X or not, but
that's about it.
> 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.
Maybe, maybe not. I don't have time to try out every distribution
available in the world to find out which is best. FreeBSD has proven
itself for me, and so I run FreeBSD. I like to keep things simple.
> My system also never hangs and works very well.
That's true of every system I have, both UNIX and Windows. It's pretty
much the minimum one should expect from any OS these days.
> 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.
Maybe. I think Linux is a matter of hype, primarily. It's amazing how
many Linux users had never heard of UNIX before getting involved with
Linux; indeed, some of them _still_ haven't heard of UNIX. That is far
less the case with other UNIX-like or UNIX-derived operating systems
(except Mac OS X).
> I although have observed that in this list, some of you hate Linux.
Choosing operating systems is not an emotional issue for me, so I don't
hate or love any OS.
> I have never seen insults to FreeBSD in the Debian e-mail lists.
Most of them have probably never heard of FreeBSD.
> 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.
I remember when I had the luxury of being able to play with operating
systems, instead of depending on them for productive work. I can't
afford that today.
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