Ask stupid questions and you'll get a stupid answers, was: Technological advantages over Linux

Valeri Galtsev galtsev at
Sun Jul 26 01:06:36 UTC 2020

On 7/25/20 12:25 PM, Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
> On Sat, 25 Jul 2020 13:18:08 -0400
> Aryeh Friedman <aryeh.friedman at> wrote:
>> Prime example is
>> all the crap that FreeBSD has had to import from Linux to make X work has
>> made it incredibly unstable (I have to reboot 3 or 4 times a day if I am
>> using KDE, Gnome or any other Linux originated desktop software usually
>> due to it slowing to a crawl for no apparent reason [has to be resource
>> leak of some kind]).

Hmm... I run FreeBSD workstation for Months (6 Month at least till 
security update really requires reboot), with Mate desktop. No trouble, 
nothing slows down. And I am not even considering myself lucky.

Maybe you have some piece of software with memory leak (Oh, I just 
noticed you have said it yourself), and big enough swap space (like 
recommended 4 GB), and your machine starts swapping a lot. That can 
bring any machine to its knees. Until swap is exhausted, and system 
kills the offender.

Incidentally, I've got question for experts. How "Out Of Memory" 
situation is handled by FreeBSD. I only dealt with [memory] "leaky" 
things under Linux, and OOM killer there really does its job well (and 
its way of judgement I do know).


> 	Yeuch, but it has nothing to do with making X work, X works just
> fine for as long as you care to leave it running. I can't speak for Gnome
> or KDE I don't use them, but with a simple WM X is as rock solid as it has
> ever been.

Valeri Galtsev
Sr System Administrator
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
Phone: 773-702-4247

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