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Fortunately BSD is still an alternative.

Posted 05-07-2015 at 01:46 AM by Randicus Draco Albus

I have not spent much time on LQ since moving to BSD, but I decided to add to my blog, just because.

With the development direction Linux has been moving along for the last few years, it is nice to see there is still an option for people looking for an alternative, not a freeware Windows clone. Hopefully, BSD will not follow Linux down the road of Windows emulation. I know most LQ members will disagree with my assessment, but that is the world through my eyes.
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  1. Old Comment
    No disagreement here =\
    Posted 05-07-2015 at 01:14 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
  2. Old Comment
    I don't see Linux trying to be a Windows clone, but it is moving in the wrong direction with certain "features" lately.
    Posted 05-09-2015 at 12:35 AM by goumba goumba is offline
  3. Old Comment
    Hey R.A.D.

    City Management in my one horse town is upgrading their gear to Windows 10 or what ever, (to infinity and beyond with my tax money), and their IT guy is handing me the old Dell T3400's, GX 280,IBM E50, IBM M41, and Optiplex 755 before they make it to the land fill with the hard
    drives pulled. I posted a few pictures in the

    http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...mpster-divers/

    social group. I have yet to ever try BSD. I usually try things with busy box like Slitaz and such 1st so when things quiet down here.

    I may give BSD a fling on a spare box myself. But I am clue less when it comes to BSD. So it will be like starting over again for me.
    I don't start many threads or ask any questions mainly as I try and
    learn on my own. But once I learn something. I own it.

    Glad to hear things are cool with you.
    Posted 05-09-2015 at 11:25 AM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
    Updated 05-09-2015 at 11:27 AM by rokytnji
  4. Old Comment
    There is definitely some learning to do, but if someone has learned* to use Linux, learning BSD is not difficult. However, it does require spending time doing lots of reading. I went from probably lower intermediate Linux user to BSD beginner. But at least I can keep my system working.

    * Learned how to actually use Linux: learned the layout of the file tree; know what root is; learned how to occasionally enter a command into a terminal. Not learned how to click an update icon.

    And since you like older hardware, BSD might be a better fit for you, since hardware support is not as complete as Linux. If not using a big DE, the BSDs will run well on older machines.
    Posted 05-09-2015 at 06:12 PM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
  5. Old Comment
    I think your statement is a bit too stereotypical...

    First off, "Linux" isn't the system. Its the kernel. The system is Linux/GNU at its core, and if you use a system which sticks to the original system setups like Gentoo, Arch and Slackware especially, one could not easily compare it to windows at all.

    Yet systems like Ubuntu and its multitude of offspring, as well as Mageia, Mint, even Fedora and PCLinuxOS are so borderline Windows that you may as well use windows.
    The easier you make it for the average user to change whatever they want on the system, graphically, and without proper authentication, the less security you will have. The more you change a developers original software to fit your system because you want pretty pathnames, you will develop problems.

    BSD could easily go the same direction if Canonical decided to corrupt FreeBSD's system to be more "desktop oriented" as well. Thank God they haven't. :-)
    Posted 05-25-2015 at 10:33 AM by devnod12 devnod12 is offline
  6. Old Comment
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by devnod12 View Comment
    BSD could easily go the same direction if Canonical decided to corrupt FreeBSD's system to be more "desktop oriented" as well. Thank God they haven't. :-)
    I would think FreeBSD would be in more danger of corruption from Apple than Canonical, and they've managed to not go all "Mac Desktop-y" in that timeframe.

    And Ubuntu is to Linux what FreeBSD is to BSD...a big portion of the userbase, but not the only game in town. Canonical has weight, but they aren't the only corporate entity with an interest in Linux.
    Posted 05-25-2015 at 11:22 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
  7. Old Comment
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by devnod12 View Comment
    I think your statement is a bit too stereotypical...and if you use a system which sticks to the original system setups like Gentoo, Arch and Slackware especially, one could not easily compare it to windows at all.
    Look at what the corporations "guiding" Linux have been doing and where Linux is going. Gentoo, Slackware and Crux can hold out for a while, but eventually they will succumb to the transition. Linux is in the middle of the journey, not at the end.
    Posted 05-26-2015 at 12:33 AM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
 

  



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