my brother is making me learn FreeBSD...

mdh mdh_lists at
Thu Mar 20 08:57:02 PDT 2008

It's been my experience that finding drivers for
hardware created for open source operating systems by
developers within the communities is quite easy, while
such community doesn't exist for windows and you are
100% reliant on the vendor to supply working drivers. 
If they supply crap drivers, go out of business and
stop providing any, etc, you are simply out of luck,
while with an open source model it is likely that
someone will have kept development going if the vendor
ever even did produce drivers for those systems. 
There's very little in the way of modern hardware that
isn't supported by FreeBSD.  The one time I ever ran
into unsupported hardware, a quick update of -STABLE
brought the necessary support in the driver.  

The fact is that political BS aside, for 90% of
workers, FreeBSD/KDE/openoffice/firefox will meet
their needs just as well as windows, and in fact if
you start with something like PC-BSD

--- Chad Perrin <perrin at> wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 09:18:25AM +0100, Nejc
> Å koberne wrote:
> > >everything you run on windows can be run on
> Freebsd and more.
> > 
> > Huh? AFAIK FreeBSD can not act as a domain
> controller for an Microsoft AD.
> > And this is something you would need in a company
> full of Windows boxen.
> You're thinking of it from the wrong direction.
> FreeBSD can serve the same role to other Unix and
> Linux boxen that MS
> Windows can to other MS Windows systems.
> >
> > And don't tell me I can throw away Windows and
> install FreeBSD on hundreds
> > of clients (with so varying hardware that even
> Windows has problems 
> > sometimes).
> Why not?  There's hardware on which FreeBSD will run
> and MS Windows will
> not, y'know.  It goes both ways.
> -- 
> CCD CopyWrite Chad Perrin [
> ]
> Isaac Asimov: "Part of the inhumanity of the
> computer is that, once it is
> completely programmed and working smoothly, it is
> completely honest."
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