Re: Why BSDs got no love

Remember that we linked to a post called “Why BSDs got no love” by Jack Wallen on TechRepublic? That article has provoked a lot of comments and feedback.

If you’re interested in reading them, check the comments on Jack’s blog and the discussion on the FreeBSD Advocacy mailinglist.

Chad Perrin has now published an article called “Why security gets no love“. GUI’s decrease security…


  1. A. Lurker says

    Mr. Wallen might be a bit right about the installer strawman, but wait, he’s familiar with FreeBSD and OpenBSD and has a long history in the tech world and yet did not know about PC-BSD? Had to be informed about it by a reader of his blog?

    This is a core problem: Linux acolytes are everywhere and they never shut up, never stop preaching, and yet many (if not most) are often ignorant of things outside Linux. The BSDs *are* different from Linux. Perhaps that is not what some people want to say because they think that will slow down BSD adoption by whomever. It reminds me of a recent review I read that compared FreeBSD and Ubuntu (and something else), and FreeBSD came out pretty poor on disk writes compared to Ubuntu. It turned out that these alleged tack-sharp reviewers had no knowledge at all of sysctl’s vfs.read_max tunable knob and its effects on disk I/O performance, and yet there they were, holding forth on how peachy keen Ubuntu was (AND, by doing so, claiming to have expertise that gave their results greater validity than those of some schmoe saying “I think BSD is better.”) They had treated BSD as if it was just another Linux spin; nice and simple and easy, like their paramour Ubuntu. What a disservice to their readers!

    The super-easy installs are fine, especially if it gets people off the clumsy, bug-ridden mess that is Windows. But the sweeping proclamations in so many of the Linux crowd’s sermons are pompous at best and, at worst, factually incorrect.

    By way of disclosure, I use FreeBSD because I find it more robust and professional, with superlative documentation and a very smart and welcoming user-base. If I had to use Linux it would be either Slackware (because it’s no-nonsense) or Linuxmint (which does a fabulous job of getting Ubuntu right, even when Ubuntu doesn’t.)

    But I’d go to Opensolaris first.

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