FreeBSD – A better chioce for the Open Desktop?

Thoughts about FreeBSD

Since is now a *BSD supporter, it only makes sense that we’d write a few Pro-BSD articles, right? Good.

Today, we’re going to talk about why FreeBSD is a better choice for the “Open Desktop”.

Linux is the current leading Open Source Operating System (LOL?). But, then again, Linux isn’t really an Operating System. Yeah, yeah; we’ve all heard that before. But, what should it be called then, you might ask. Well, the most common answer is “Linux is a kernel, which is then packaged into a something called a distribution with other software, thus making it an Operating System”. Those are the really nice terms, though, I would describe it like the following “Linux is a cluster **** of a kernel packaged into about 10 billion different distributions that are almost identical, yet cannot agree on a decent set of standards, so every software and hardware company cringes at the thought of having to support a super-dooper cluster **** like that is Linux.”

FreeBSD, on the other hand is a complete Operating System, with standards, a well organized development team, and all that jazz nobody gives a **** about.

Here’s a few basic comparisons: etc

  • Licenses
  • Main Development Team
  • Documentation
  • Advantages for the Power Users

There’s some strong language in this post (hence the **** above). A new version is in the make.

Thanks Justin for submitting this.


  1. says

    We are using the GNU toolchain, most of the ports are developed on Linux systems. So what? Delete it and you will have some unusable operating system. The toolchain is essential.

    >of a kernel packaged into about 10 billion different distributions

    BSD has got three major forks and one smaller one (DragonFly). Why? Don’t mention this server, security and portability thing – it’s more or less nonsense today. Then we have DesktopBSD, PC-BSD, MirOS, MidnightBSD, etc. pp. We have got just a small number of users _and_ developers. So for BSD it’s fatal, for Linux it’s just the hell of choice.

    >But, then again, Linux isn’t really an Operating System.

    Some people really should visit one semester of computer science to get the proper nomenclature.

    If you want to read some real rant, without childish badmouthing then read Greg Leheys article from 2004.

    ” But Linux does have a significant advantage over the BSDs: in addition to the hackers scratching their own itch, there are big vendors who fill in the cracks. Even if it just gives warm fuzzies to people like the ISP above, that’s an advantage.

    What should the BSDs do? As I’ve said several times in the last five years, that depends on what the projects want. But if we want to be seen as a viable alternative for use by non-developers, my big issue is that we need to understand the end user perspective. We can’t just say of any feature “If there’s nobody there to support it, axe it.” As long as there are people who want that feature, we need to support it. If we don’t, BSD is gradually going to be usable only by software developers.”

  2. anomie says

    Thanks for the pingback at Unix Administratosphere. Honestly, in my opinion FreeBSD _is_ a better desktop than the various GNU/Linux distros I’ve worked with. But there is a learning curve associated with it, and that must be overcome before you get to enjoy the benefits. If you want to install and be up and running without doing a lot of learning at the outset, then GNU/Linux (Ubuntu?) is probably a much better choice.

    @Gerard: The linsux article is pretty juvenile, IMO. I appreciate that these folks share in my positive opinions about FreeBSD, but: we don’t do ourselves any favors by associating with folks who can’t write up a fair, reasonable argument (and without the use of expletives).

  3. says

    Thank you for the input on our first FreeBSD article.

    The goal of this article was to write something that was on the level of what a Linux Zealot would write. I guess this sort of backfired, because we’re trying to deal with a community that’s a little less impressed by dissing the competition on levels that exceed vulgarism.

    We have more original articles being worked on now, they’ll be ready for next week, they’ll have much less satire under the hood. We fully believe that FreeBSD is currently a better choice for an advanced desktop, or server, and we intend to talk about it rationally and intelligently.

    I also replied to your blog post, anomie.

  4. anomie says


    I’m not the Unix Administratosphere blogger, BTW — I just read both your article and his and commented here. I look forward to your future articles that target intelligent readers.


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