Freebsd vs. linux

darren kirby bulliver at
Sat Feb 12 19:41:06 GMT 2005

quoth the David Kelly:

> Look closely at the Linux community and you'll find its mostly
> ex-Windows users focused on what Microsoft is doing. The desire is to
> one-up Microsoft at Microsoft's own game. Their definition of
> "computer" and "human interface" was written by Microsoft and still
> can't think outside of that box.

I think your interpretation here is a tad glib. Sure there are thousands of 
people coming to Linux because they 'hate' MS. Sure they don't know gcc from 
ppc but I don't think it is fair to call them the 'community', rather a small 
subset. Do you think these people are writing any software? Are they 
designing programming interfaces? Do they have a damn thing to do with the 
development of Linux or any of its supporting software? Hell no. They are 
just users clogging up the message boards and mailing lists with stupid 
questions. "Human Interface"? Am I missing something? Can you please tell me 
where the much superior FreeBSD human interface can be downloaded? In the 
console they are pretty much the same keystroke for keystroke, and on the 
desktop it is all the same software...

I run FreeBSD and Linux, and I love them both. I am trying to point out that 
when you slam Linux developers with pettiness and name calling that you are 
no better than all the lusers slamming MS, and thinking they're leet because 
they installed Fedora? I have noticed a lot of this on FreeBSD lists, and I 
think it is counterproductive because it is unprofessional and in the end 
more people using Linux means more people running free software which 
benefits _all_ of us...and besides, it is offensive to people like me that 
just like playing with 'nix boxes and run both.

Why can't you just run your FreeBSD and feel superior, silently?

> Look closely at the BSD community and you'll find those who are working
> at creating a better tool to serve their needs. Much debate about
> exactly what constitutes "better" so there is also quite a bit of
> experimenting. What you won't find is Microsoft as the yardstick by
> which BSD's measure.
> --
> David Kelly N4HHE, dkelly at
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darren kirby :: Part of the problem since 1976 ::
"...the number of UNIX installations has grown to 10, with more expected..."
- Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson, June 1972
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