Thank you!

Andrew L. Gould algould at
Fri Jan 14 05:11:29 PST 2005

On Friday 14 January 2005 05:13 am, Ramiro Aceves wrote:
> Hello FreeBSD Friends.
> I have just arrived to the FreeBSD world. I am not an expert on
> anything, I am only a computer fan and use my computer mainly for my
> engineering work and hobbies (amateur radio, photography, astronomy,
> etc.). I come from a happy  Debian GNU/Linux experience. I paid
> attention on FreeBSD when reading a Linux magazine and  installed it
> two months ago. I really do not have any important reasons to change,
> but I admit that I am impressed and  I like FreeBSD very much, and my
> interest on it is incresing everyday. I like its centralized 
> development  and its separation between the OS and the ports. Perhaps
> one day I will do the change, but I first must feel safe and
> confortable with the FreeBSD, the same that when I changed from
> WinDog to Linux.
> I do not like linux-FreeBSD wars. I hate them. Both are good
> operating systems with their pros and cons. Many of you tell that
> Linux is a desktop OS, and that it is a chaothic OS. I do not agree
> with that, and If you argue that, you do not know Linux well. When I
> speak about Linux, I mean Debian or Gentoo. I do not think that they
> are chaothic or intended for desktop. Debian put all the pieces
> together in one OS that is in order and works nicely. Gentoo portage
> philosophy is similiar to FreeBSD ports.
> People on the FreeBSD and Debian GNU/Linux mailing lists are very
> kind and help you in any case, if you ask questions politely and you
> have searched and read tha manuals first.
> So, why do we start always the war? The real war should be against
> the Bill Gates OSes, instead of fighting among us. I have never heard

When you focus against anything, you risk losing focus on constructive 

> a bad word about FreeBSD on the Linux lists. Indeed, I think that
> most of Linux people do not even know thet FreeBSD exists, some of
> them think that it is another Linux distribution. On the oposite

Yes, there's even a hardware vendor ( that lists 
FreeBSD under "Other Linux Distribution."

> side, I have heard several people hating Linux on this list, even
> comparing it  with WinDogs :-(
> I hate the following wars:
> BSD license  vs GPL license
> Linux vs xBSD
> bash vs tcsh
> text apps vs X apps
> CUPS vs lpr

Did you forget Linux vs Gnu Linux?  ;-)

> I think we should cooperate instead of fighting. Indeed, BSD code is
> on Linux OSes, and GNU software is on FreeBSD ports...... etc...
> Thank you very much and sorry for my bad english.
> Just my 2 euro cents.
> Ramiro Aceves. (Spain)

Best regards,

Andrew Gould

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