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Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: A graveyard of dreams
Insane since: Mar 2001

posted posted 05-02-2003 01:28

I've been using Linux primarly now for almost a year and I'm very happy with it. Tried a couple of distros before settling for one that I liked, but I never tried FreeBSD (or any of the other BSD's out there for that mather) during my 'try a new OS per week'-period.

In a thread a while ago Warmage (I think) mentioned that he prefered FreeBSD over Linux. Since I hadn't tried it before I did some googling to see what the differences between them were and what other people thought about them. I found about as many articles pro-Linux as there were pro-FreeBSD.

So I was wondering which the other inmates might prefere and why.

[edit]damn fingers...
"There are 10 kinds of people; those who know binary, those who don't and those who start counting at zero"

[This message has been edited by Veneficuz (edited 05-02-2003).]

Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: Rochester, New York, USA
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 05-02-2003 04:01

I did say that I liked FreeBSD better. The majority of my preference is based on the ease of use issue. I found that the software installation features of FreeBSD via the ports collect is far easier to use than having to search for any RPM you want, even with

Right now I am using RedHat 8.0, and I don't like it all that much. It is like windows with a terminal. The file editing and storage system is a bit more complex than FreeBSD and I find that linux runs a whole lot slower than FreeBSD, from boot sequence to application execution.

When I use freeBSD I use the FluxBox window manage with is much simpler than the RedHat gnome GUI, which packs a whole lot of overhead.

Right now I am nearing the end of a semester so I don't want to have to go and do a reinstall, but once this semester is over I am going right back to FreeBSD.

I am not saying linux is bad, but I don't like Redhat linux. My linux using friends are all into gentoo linux right now, I haven't tried it yet, and I probabally won't until I get a new box.

For development purposes both can fit my needs, but FreeBSD just serves my needs better.

A lot of it is also based on experience, I have far more experience with FreeBSD as compared to linux, which is a deciding factor. I 100% reccomend not using RedHat unless you want to put it on a computer for your family as opposed to windows, because RedHat is a glorified windows, without anything in the way of features for power users. I am sure I could set it up so that it could be better for me as a power user, it is just a pain in the ass as everything is hidden.

The one thing I do like about RedHat over linux is the RHN network. Which allows you to easily update your computer. It is super easy, just a couple of clicks and all the software is updated, you can't beat that.

P.S. Remaking the FreeBSD kernel is also much more strait forward.

Good luck in your searches,


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