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Old 11-18-2002, 10:03 PM   #1
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Linux vs BSD

Linux vs BSD
Which is better and why?
Keep in mind that freebsd is open-source as well.
Old 11-18-2002, 11:35 PM   #2
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freebsd is better on serverce
Old 11-19-2002, 12:05 AM   #3
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BSD = Solid as a rock and can be very secure. Open Source but its different from GPL which I think makes it less popular than Linux.

Linux = Very popular, more software available, GPL'd, stable, can be secure, and very versitile ( runs on almost everything )
Old 11-20-2002, 08:43 AM   #4
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Re: Linux vs BSD

Originally posted by frankprogramer
Which is better and why?
This type of question is akin to asking which Linux distro is better. The answer really depends on the comfort level and skills of the admin. Personally, I like using OpenBSD for servers; however, there are some situations (ie CPU intensive apps requiring multiple processors) where I'd go with something else.
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here's a nice little piece about the BSD family.
,----[ ]
| In contrast, BSD is certified under a truly free license which leaves
| anyone free to do whatever he or she wishes with the code, including
| make money by licensing it or use it as part of another work. The
| minor restrictions imposed by the BSD license apply not to what may be
| done with the code, but rather what may be done to the developer. (The
| previous developer may not be held liable for errors, or -- under some
| versions of the license -- be deprived of credit for his or her work.)
Old 11-20-2002, 11:21 AM   #6
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however the BSD licence also allows people to take your code, change it a bit, then redistribute it as closed source binaries and make a packet off of it.

edit - you did just say this but i meant that the GPL allows people to retain the ownership and control over even open source stuff.

surely this question is really GPL vs BSD licence, which is as moot as BSD vs Linux...

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Old 11-20-2002, 12:39 PM   #7
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I haven't used BSD yet so I don't know which one is better but I heard that Mac OS X is BSD at the core so it must be good in its use. I have heard that Mac OS X is the way to go and when I saw a screenshot of it I noticed that the top of the Window said /usr/sbin I as like whoa Linux then I discoverd that it was BSD, so how much similarity is there between Linux & BSD?

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I have even heard that at its core even LiNUX uses some code from BSD now that makes BSD still more better (if what I have read is true). Since immitation is best form of flattery
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Code goes both ways between the two, I think. For example, FreeBSD uses Linux's floating point emulation in its kernel, and I think some of its drivers have been developed from Linux code.

As for which is best, I personally prefer BSD because of the ports system, and because the source of the base operating system is managed by a single group of people. This makes it very easy to install and upgrade stuff. Linux has made a lot more advances in the ease of use department, however (although I find FreeBSD a very logical and tidy system - more so than Linux).



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