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FairfaxIT: Rising support for BSD

Mar 15, 1999, 19:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Cochrane)

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"OBSERVATION: how's this for cynical? One week Bill Gates and trusted lieutenant Nathan Myhrvold are out touting the benefits of Linux and open source, then the next, product manager Ed Muth says it is a "poor value proposition"."

"You would think the growth in Linux's mindshare would enthuse the entire open source community. In the main it has, but in an indication of the sorts of issues vendors will have to ameliorate as they push forward with their OpSrc strategies, it has also angered a vocal minority. I have received an increasing amount of e-mail from proponents of that other great Free Unix, the various iterations of BSD"

"Some notable examples of enterprises using FreeBSD include Yahoo!, Walnut Creek download site and even Microsoft's Hotmail free e-mail service. FreeBSD advocate Gavin Cameron wrote to me recently, complaining that this column was biased: "I have to admit that after a month of reading your column ... that I'm extremely disappointed that you have chosen to make your column a Linux advocacy column rather than focusing on open source as a whole," Cameron wrote."

"Perhaps one of the reasons Linux has gained a profile so quickly is because it is backed by a personality - Linus Torvalds. FreeBSD lacks this banner around which to rally the troops. Other readers have offered reasons why they prefer BSD to Linux. Cale Pearce, 17, opted for FreeBSD as his general PC environment, using many Linux-oriented applications, Word-Perfect 8 and the GNU Image Processing Program (GIMP)"

"About 90 per cent of Linux software binaries can be run at full speed in BSD because of the excellent Linux emulator"

"Gartner also found embedded Windows NT "irrelevant" and "not making sense"."

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