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Computer Bits: Why to BSD in a Linux World

May 02, 1999, 17:58 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Downs)

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"Linux may very well be the most popular "open source" operating system at the moment, but it is certainly not the only one...."

"From the user's viewpoint, OpenBSD and Linux are a lot alike...

"Because Linux has more users, it has more commercial applications like Netscape and WordPerfect. Fortunately, most of these applications also run under OpenBSD using its built-in Linux binary emulation..."

"Almost two years ago, the OpenBSD project developers began a full security audit. Extra effort was put into examining the entire source tree for previously undiscovered bugs and security holes. Countless bugs were fixed..."

"Where does Linux fit into this? Well, Linux developers certainly do fix bugs. Individu-ally, one a time, in separate sets of source files. Perhaps some day most of them will be fixed. The Linux development model (or, rather, lack of one) simply doesn't support a tightly integrated or secure system. Everyone is off doing his or her own thing..."

"For single-user PCs without dedicated connections to the Internet, and which don't contain sensitive data, Linux is probably an appealing alternative to the latest offering from Microsoft. It's certainly easy for the average user to get and install..."

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