Now I know why I prefer BSD

By Rob Scovell, in , posted: 21-Jun-2007 20:34

I've long sort of preferred BSD over Linux.

Here's a site that expresses what I've never really articulated:

BSD is what you get when a bunch of Unix hackers sit down to try to port a Unix system to the PC. Linux is what you get when a bunch of PC hackers sit down and try to write a Unix system for the PC.

When I bought my last car, a Japanese import, and thus unregistered in NZ at that point, I vaguely pondered getting some snazzy personlised number plate. I didn't need to. They gave me this:

BSD 585

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Comment by scruss, on 22-Jun-2007 14:41

When I installed OpenBSD 3.9 on my basement server, it felt like installing Linux circa 1996. It asked me things about hardware and partitioning that I didn't need to know. Configuring apache was so much grief that I never completed it, so the machine languished.

A couple of months back I installed Ubuntu LTS on the same machine. It does what I need, and no C-shell either.

Hi Stewart -- yes, Ubuntu rocks. I've recently installed it and I am very impressed. But I still feel more at home in the BSD command line on my Mac and the VoIP servers I deal with. The BSD package management system rocks.

I guess it all comes down to personal preference and what you're doing.


Comment by juha, on 22-Jun-2007 15:09


FreeBSD and OpenBSD user myself.

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