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Old 12-06-2004, 08:58 AM   #1
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linux and FreeBSD as desktop systems

I need a desktop system at home(for me and my family). It have to be free so I thought at Linux Slackware (which I use since 2002) and FreeBSD. Someone told me that it is impossible to use freeBSD as a desktop so I want your opinion on that. Firstly I have some uncleared things about linux and FreeBSD. I need information on how legal is to use both linux or freeBSD (because I know linux has problems with SCO and I heard freeBSD has some problems too). The second problem consists in being a good choice for a desktop(hardware compatibility, graphical interface, programs...)
I did not mentioned distributions like SuSE or RedHat or Mandrake ... because I find Slackware faster then them.

Old 12-06-2004, 09:45 AM   #2
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SCO is a dying company trying to steal others' hard work. Pay no attention...
Old 12-06-2004, 10:54 AM   #3
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If it's a family computer, wouldn't it be a better decision to go with Mandrake for ease of use?
Old 12-06-2004, 08:03 PM   #4
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Freebsd is great for desktops, so far it's my favorite.
Old 12-06-2004, 08:20 PM   #5
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Whoever told you FreeBSD can't be used as a desktop doesn't have a clue what they're talking about. Pretty much all of the Linux desktop software will run on FreeBSD, either natively or via Linux emulation. To an end user (i.e. not a power user or sysadmin), there's little difference between FreeBSD and Linux.

As for SCO, their case seems to be pretty well dead. AFAIK, the BSDs have been legally unencumbered since Unix System labs settled the lawsuit with Berkeley back in the mid '90s. Course that wouldn't stop SCO from trying if they thought they could get away with it.
Old 12-07-2004, 03:05 AM   #6
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I'm perfectly happy with Linux (Mandrake) as my main (and only) OS, for desktop use, multimedia, and servers.

Old 12-07-2004, 03:31 AM   #7
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Originally posted by theYinYeti
I'm perfectly happy with Linux (Mandrake) as my main (and only) OS, for desktop use, multimedia, and servers.
Same here. I never touch my XP machine at home unless I absolutely need to (like when I work from home).
Old 12-07-2004, 03:49 AM   #8
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I don't think you should worry about legality of Linux or *BSD. Right nowe there are a few big companies behind it (like IBM, HP) and there's no real danger in the near future. Still, if you live in the US, you should think what software you're installing, so that you don't use any programs that are patented there (i.e. in debian, you should use the US branch, cuz the non-US branch consists of some patented encription algorithms, etc).


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