cblack at securecrossing.com
Mon Jun 13 17:29:05 GMT 2005
On Mon, 2005-06-13 at 12:12 -0500, Nikolas Britton wrote:
> On 6/13/05, Andreas Davour <ante at update.uu.se> wrote:
> > On Mon, 13 Jun 2005, Nikolas Britton wrote:
> > > On 6/7/05, Nosehouse <nosehouse at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > >> Hello FreeBSD :D
> > >> A question and I'm out: I have an old pc, running on a 300 MHz Intel Celeron CPU, on an Intel MOBO. Now, what platform should I choose from your site: Alpha, i386? And also for and AMD Athlon XP 2600+ with an Asus A7V600-X, what distribution?
> > >> Thanks!
> > >>
> > >>
> > >
> > > FreeBSD is an operating system, Linux is a distribution.
> > Nope. Linux is an operating system kernel, as is FreeBSD. The latter
> > also happens to be the name of the operating environment.
> > SuSE Linux, RedHat Linux or Debian GNU/Linux is distributions.
> When I say "operating system" I mean a "complete system". What good is
> a kernel if you have no way to make it do something?
> Windows = Kernel + GUI + System tools + User tools
> OS-X = Kernel + GUI + System tools + User tools
> FreeBSD = Kernel + CLI + System tools + User tools
> With Windows, OS-X, FreeBSD, and the other BSDs you don't update this
> tool or that shell or even the kernel when it becomes out of date,
> you update the whole system. The OS is managed by one party.
> Linux = Kernel
> SuSE, RedHat, Debian, etc. = Linux + 3rd party shell + 3rd party
> system tools + 3rd party user tools
> Those are distributions that "bundle" the Linux Kernel with other peoples stuff.
> You could call GNU/Linux an operating system but I wouldn't, not after
> being introduced to an engineered system like FreeBSD. FreeBSD is to
> Linux as Gold is to Lead, there very similar but one is worthless.
On the contrary, lead has great worth if, for example, you need
radiation shielding. A point of note is that the third party shells
packaged with Linux (such as bash or zsh) are the same third party tools
packaged with FreeBSD. I would be inclined to say FreeBSD actually uses
a higher percentage of third party configuration tools than RedHat or
SuSE, who tend to write their own in order to be more user friendly.
Perhaps I'm wrong, but I don't know of many instances where FreeBSD
provides custom (graphical) configuration utilities.
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