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Re: [SuSE Linux] FreeBSD better than Linux
- From: stevep@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Steve Pauly)
- Date: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 13:58:21 -0500 (EST)
- Message-id: <Pine.LNX.4.02.9812021305140.6572-100000@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Wed, 2 Dec 1998, Stefan Nantz wrote:
> Hello all,
> I wonder what Unix system is better.
Talk about a loaded question! Better for what? :-)
...or, which is better? A 767 or a C-130?
Both FreeBSD and Linux are useful in apps ranging from standalone machines
to very powerful network servers. For example,I believe dejanews uses
Linux while Yahoo uses FBSD.
The FreeBSD group says Linux is:
**just a UNIX clone.
**out of control because of no central control
**unstable under network load
**using a dangerous filesystem
**using a kernel that is not UNIX
**confusing because of so many distributions
**not a real OS because bundled apps are not adequately tested
**supported by more commercial software
**supported by more drivers
**more popular by far
**populated by "clueless newbies"
**populated by those who will flame anyone bashing Linux.
**populated by those whose true purpose is bashing Redmond.
It is very entertaining, and eye opening to hear how many FBSD'ers bash
Linux users, like we do of MS users.
> FreeBSD is supposed to be a "real" Unix while Linux is just considered an
> Unix clone.
Well, that whole concept of "true UNIX" vs. "clone", IMHO, hinges upon the
assumption that you are getting something out of "true UNIX" you are not
getting out of Linux. For most people, the distinction may be null.
> I mean where is the difference or dose it make a difference?
For me, the most noticable diffs between FBSD and SuSE were:
**devices are named much differently.
**SYS V init vs. Berkeley.
**Linux partitioning vs. FBSD slices.
**commands like ifconfig and route work differently.
**Installing new software in FBSD is more sophisticated and possibly
Like I said, this is my read after only a few months of play, and I don't
hold myself out to be an expert (of any kind!).
If you're the kind of person who has installed and used multiple Linux
distros, then you owe it to yourself to try FBSD.
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