What's so compelling about FreeBSD?

Garrett Cooper youshi10 at u.washington.edu
Tue Oct 17 02:26:26 UTC 2006

Jim Stapleton wrote:
>> No offense to those who swear by it (and I know this is a bit
>> off-topic), but genkernel is shit. It's kernel compiling for people who
>> are afraid of forgetting make commands..
>> -Garrett
> I agree, but since I couldn't get a decent custom kernel booting, that
> was my only option.
Ok, fair enough I suppose.
> And speaking of sht, in regards to Damiens last comment - I honestly
> don't believe that it's just binary drivers that keeps Linux with
> better driver support - there are more OSS drivers there too. The
> reason? It's fecal - linux only; cares that it works, they care much
> less about documentation and quality. It's enticing to the a lot of
> the developers and made the community larger - "Hey I can spend my
> time coding how I want instead of following standards and wasting time
> with documentation!!". Don't get me wrong, I think binary drivers due
> play an issue, by my BSD desktop had binary drivers in it too, they
> just weren't supplied with the BSD images (I don't think they would
> have been stored with linux images either).
> anyway, just another two cents of my own.
> -Jim Stapleton
Err... well, arguably a lot more of the Linux community may be 
individuals with a hacker mindset as opposed to a developer mindset. 
Just a thought.

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