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Boardwatch Magazine: Running Linux Programs on FreeBSD - Yes, Your BSD Can Run Oracle and Quake

Feb 27, 2001, 21:53 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeffrey Carl)

"Even though many server admins prefer BSD Unix, there's no denying that Linux is "where it's at" for third-party software development. So, what's a BSD admin to do?"

"In the bygone misty past of Unix (in the era historians call the 80s), acceptance and market share were hampered by the diverging standards that forced application developers to write for only one version of Unix. This (as the youngsters today say) really sucked. Fortunately, however, the tide has turned in favor of compatibility among the many *nixes."

"To commercial software vendors, market share is everything. As such, if *BSD forced Linux vendors to develop for their OSes, it would be like your average Unix sysadmin saying, "If Cindy Crawford wants to go out, she can call me."

"Fortunately, Jordan Hubbard of FreeBSD pointed out that Linux API is becoming the default for third-party developers (independent software vendors, or ISVs) to develop for free *nixes. Therefore, it's better for BSD users to accept the Linux ABI (application binary interface) rather than making ISVs choose between Linux and BSD. This, in my opinion, is a very pragmatic and wise attitude."

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