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Re: Help w/ *BSD advocacy in the workplace please
> I am about to become involved in a project begun by others who have since
> moved on. Unfortunately for me these people were Red Hat fans. I am
> advocating for OpenBSD and/or FreeBSD. It's a startup in it's very early
> stages, so there's not a lot invested that will be lost by switching. I
> know quite a few of us started with Linux before getting clued in. I'd
> appreciate if some of you could lend your voice and help back me up on this
> by providing summaries of your Linux experiences and motivations to move
> onto what we all know to be a superior OS.
Some reasons why I personally stopped using Linux:
- Most Linux distributors are very commercial. They are the type of companies
that only think about making releases (thus making money) instead of delivering
a good product.
- Most Linux dists are user-friendly, but not sysadmin friendly. They contain
all sorts of wizzards, but "real" sysadmins prefer plain config-files.
- The BSD-license is in my opinion better than GPL, you don't have to give the
sources away if you don't want to.
- BSD originates from the 1970's and is much more mature.
- Theo and other folks did a line-by-line security audit. So if you want
security choose OpenBSD.
and last but not least:
- Daemons look much cuter than penguins;-)
On one of our school's servers I installed SuSE Linux (I only heard about *BSD,
I never used it that time). Right now I wouldn't install Linux, because:
- We have to buy each release (there isn't a real upgrade mechanism in Linux
like in BSD).
- The configuration is done through programs like yast, so it is really hard
to influence your system directly.
- Each version is unstable. SuSE Linux version 6.0 is crashing all the time and
6.1 messes up the filesystem. I have the same experiences with Red Hat.
My 2 cents,