Lennart Poettering: BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore

Jerome Herman jherman at dichotomia.fr
Mon Jul 18 12:00:39 UTC 2011

On 17/07/2011 15:02, "C. Bergström" wrote:
>  On 07/17/11 07:43 PM, Dick Hoogendijk wrote:
>> Op 17-7-2011 14:17 schreef Subbsd:
>>> community decreases. It is a pity that many developers of FreeBSD have
>>> left in Apple, the small part works over {NET,OPEN,DRAGONFLY}.BSD but
>>> as a whole it already absolutely small small groups of people.
>> And do you feel this will be the end of FreeBSD?
> I doubt that *BSD will *end*, but at which point does lack of usage 
> make an OS irrelevant?
> 1) Is it used in production?  If so does it serve a critical role?
> 2) What commercial support options are available?  (Also what popular 
> commercial/proprietary software are available )
> 3) How well is it keeping pace with existing sw and hw technologies?
> 4) How focused and productive is the development community?
> I have some personal views on the above, but I consider *BSD severely 
> lacking in a few areas.  (No I can't personally help and only kick 
> these questions off from the sidelines)
> Software typically exists to solve a problem.  What problem is *BSD 
> trying to solve?  If something serves a purpose then there should be 
> no denying it's future relevance.
The problem *BSD is trying to solve (in my humble opinion) is reliable 
long term maintenance, from developers and sysadmin point of view.
Linux frequent API/ABI breaks makes it a real hell to maintain. And the 
ever changing method of configuration/ever moving location of 
configuration files doesn't help.

  *BSD are stable in every sense of the word.

This of course implies that there are a lot fewer "advanced" features in 
BSD than in Linux (by advanced I actually mean hyped). But then again 
most of these features end up in the rubbish can with Linux. SE-Linux ? 
Realtime ? Hal ? Containers ? You do not want to look in what state they 
are in. And you hardly want to learn how to use them as the entire thing 
is very likely to change completely before 6 months are passed.

Jerome Herman

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