Lennart Poettering: BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore

Gary Gatten Ggatten at waddell.com
Mon Jul 18 19:44:17 UTC 2011


I've always been curious why "Linux" seemed to take off so fast when other FOSS / non Winblow$ OS's were available for some time with not much traction; OS/2, BeOS, *nix with X11, etc.

Not just on the desktop, but servers as well.  "Supported" versions of Linux such as RHEL, Suse, etc. seem to have made more headway into the enterprise computing environment in the last ten years than *BSD did in the last 30.

>From my personal experience - which is relatively limited - it seems applications just work on Linux?  When I need to compile an app, it takes a few mins on Linux - but may take me a few weeks on FBSD.  Granted someone more knowledgeable with FBSD, Compilers, etc. could do it much faster than I.

Anyway, if someone has a brief explanation of why Linux has apparently triumphed (in so far as installed base, desktop penetration, etc.) where so many others have failed (including IBM with OS/2) I'd be interested in hearing those thoughts.



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