Why FreeBSD not popular on hardware vendors

Da Rock rock_on_the_web at comcen.com.au
Sun Dec 14 02:01:31 PST 2008

On Thu, 2008-12-11 at 09:32 -0500, Jerry McAllister wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 08, 2008 at 08:46:49PM +1000, Da Rock wrote:
> > 
> > On Sun, 2008-12-07 at 08:29 -0500, Jerry wrote:
> > 
> > <snip>
> > > IMHO, before FreeBSD can make a significant market share improvement,
> > > it has to improve its hardware support. NVidia, for one, has expressed
> > > a desire to support FreeBSD; however, it needs the FreeBSD organization
> > > to improve its basic product, especially in the 64-bit systems, which
> > > are the future of computing.
> > 
> > Ok. So what needs improvement and where to start? Not being critical,
> > I'm interested in this.
> > 
> > Personally though, I think the business model here is a failure and
> > seriously flawed. And yes, I did study business at Monash (and butted
> > heads constantly; IF you don't look out for the health and well being of
> > a community, environment, employees, whatever- the extreme social
> > responsibility- then the clients and potential clients die, ergo no
> > customers therefore no money to be made. Thats looking after your
> > bottomline: Duh!) and saw this continually. Marketing the same;
> The thing people seem to forget is that FreeBSD doesn't have a
> business model - or that is its business model.   It is simply
> sharing technology without much concern about propagation or return.
> It accepts contributions of various kinds, mostly in kind.
> ////jerry

And that is what makes it so good- because of this business model (or
lack thereof) the people involved are doing what they love (at least I
would hope so), so like with cooking the secret ingredient to a good
product is always love (I hope this doesn't sound too sappy! But it is
true, more care is always taken when people actually care about what
they do).

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