FreeBSD and hardware??

Bob McConnell rvm at
Mon Dec 1 10:27:54 PST 2008

On Behalf Of Chad Perrin
> On Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 04:53:03PM +0000,
> twelcome at wrote:
>> Your assertion that "linux is both low end unix and low end windows
>> replacement" is factually wrong: As a high end unix I think it's
>> earned it's stripes, currently dominating the top 500 supercomputer
>> systems in the world, some no other unix has managed to accomplish
>> this time round. Notably, when compared to freebsd it offers support
>> for virtualisation where bsd is nowhere close to doing, just one
>> example of high end unix feature it provides. As a gui desktop,
>> I'm certain kde is a superior interface to windows in many ways.

> While I agree that, without some kind of supporting argument, the
> statement that Linux systems are "low end" Unix replacements are kind
> spurious sounding, I don't think that market share is really an
> metric for determination of the quality of a replacement for a given
> class of OS.

I believe that he forgot to reference this article from ServerWatch.
shows more than a marginal increase in "market share". It suggests that
Sun and others have good reason to be nervous about their future
and need to find new ways to make money.


On the other hand, both Unix and Linux have a long way to go before they
can match Microsoft's ease of use on the GUI. I believe the best way
to attack that problem is to find a new paradigm to replace the desktop,
which is not a great interface model to begin with.

Bob McConnell

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