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

Aryeh Friedman aryeh.friedman at
Mon Jul 27 09:18:27 UTC 2020

On Mon, Jul 27, 2020 at 4:50 AM Roderick <hruodr at> wrote:

> On Mon, 27 Jul 2020, Aryeh Friedman wrote:
> > All this being said there is a rash of *SOME* of the regular set of
> posters
> > who say "FreeBSD is not designed for XYZ, don't use it for XYZ use Linux
> > instead" (this is not helpful and is nothing but being a troll).
> A completely acceptable answer.
> What is not acceptable, is, converting the mailbox of each of the
> (hundreds? thouthands?) members of the list into a chat room for
> small talk.
> For small talk is more appropriate the mentioned

Not according to the handbook's description of each list:

-questions@: User questions and technical support
-chat@: Non-technical items related to the FreeBSD community

The questions being asked were by a user of FreeBSD and were technical in
nature (the technical merits of FreeBSD vs. Linux).   Here are the other
possible lists and by their descriptions none of them made sense for the
subject matter of the OP's post:

-advocacy@: FreeBSD Evangelism (the OP was not asking how to market FreeBSD
just defend it on technical grounds to upper management of their org)
-women@: Victor is not a very female name (enough said)

There is no -smalltalk@ list and even if there was it would be a misleading
name since there is a programming language by that name.

So the bottom line is @questions- is the best (and only) place for such
threads.   If you want a new group, suggest one to the owners of the
freebsd mailing lists and see if you can make one.

or the web forum

The handbook says mailing lists are the prefered way to communicate about
FreeBSD so suggesting the forum is pointless if you want to get the widest
possible input.  To quote "The mailing lists are the most direct way of
addressing questions or opening a technical discussion to a concentrated
FreeBSD audience."

Aryeh M. Friedman, Lead Developer,

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