quartz at sneakertech.com
Sat Mar 30 02:34:50 UTC 2013
> Personally I'm using FreeBSD _exclusively_ (!) on the desktop
> since version 4.0, and I haven't missed _any_ "common desktopy
> thing" that is required for my daily work.
I was referring to general intent when I wrote that. For example, bsd
has poor support for things like sleep/suspend/hibernate. While desktops
and laptops would certainly take advantage of those things, severs
generally don't, so fixing it has traditionally been low priority. In
contrast, linux has that working out of the box on almost all hardware.
Likewise in my experience a number of other home-use things like laptop
wifi are generally better supported under linux.
A similar situation exists for software, especially non-business
software and oddball utilities. On bsd you can usually find something to
do what you need, but you'll often be limited to one or two choices,
whereas with linux you might have half a dozen. (Whether all these
packages are GOOD or not is a separate issue :)
I'm not saying that bsd *can't* be used for a home desktop, it certainly
can, but it was never aimed at the grandma+laptop market and the
hardware support and software selection reflects that. But I don't hold
that against bsd. You can't be all things to all people, bsd is very
good for servers and linux is good for home use, and they each have
it has a certain smooth-brained appeal
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