Future of FreeBSD 7.0 and up

Norberto Meijome freebsd at meijome.net
Thu Mar 1 13:05:31 UTC 2007

On Wed, 28 Feb 2007 11:26:47 -0800
"Dwight Smith" <dsmith_60 at hotmail.com> wrote:

> What 
> had me curious to asking this is this article I read about a review on 
> FreeBSD 6.2 (http://www.softwareinreview.com/cms/content/view/67/) The 
> reviewer had a lot of criticisms that seemed harsh, but at the same time 
> raised some valid points.

the writer doesnt seem to know much about Freebsd...or have cared to RTFM. 
 "Installation of default config files. After installation, FreeBSD is left
with no real make.conf or rc.conf, although there are example files
in /usr/share/examples."

I guess his /etc/defaults/* got lost with the geometry bug (which, btw, never
actually affected any of the servers / workstations / laptops I've installed
with FBsd - it complains, ignore it, works (for me at least). And ... which
options do we want to put in the initial config files? The defaults are ALL
there and they work. If you don't like them you *CHANGE* the defaults.... isn't
that the whole point of configuring your box?

I agree with someone else who said that at least w/ BSD you have 1 layer of
config - nice and clean. If you don't like something as efficient as a text
file for your options, write a great tool for every configuration and promote
its use. I'm happy to stay away from Microsoft style dumbing down and hidden
hacks (ie, registry tweaks, which are the only way to get things working half
the time). ( I've got some ideas on an useful configuration tool for BSD...but
this is not the time to spill the beans :)

anyway, we can all find nits on anything. Nobody is forcing him to like or use
FreeBSD, nor us to read his/her articles (ever again) :)

> I only ask this question as I would like to see 
> FreeBSD get the same recognition as Linux as FreeBSD is a powerful OS that 
> should not be overshadowed

well, each to their own... I for one I prefer that Linux keeps all the
"distribution hell" and limelight... FBSD (and all the BSDs for that matter)
are well known enough by the technical community - i see more and more people
using them all the time... 

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