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[News] Mac OS X "NEARLY as reliable as Linux", Can BSD Save Windows?

  • Subject: [News] Mac OS X "NEARLY as reliable as Linux", Can BSD Save Windows?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 12:18:15 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Apple takes a pass on the enterprise prize

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| Mac OS X's FreeBSD roots provide a level of reliability matched by no version 
| of Windows and no previous version of the Mac. In other words, it's nearly as 
| reliable as Linux.  


Why Microsoft Should Abandon Windows, Embrace BSD

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| It's Not Just Bill Gates Leaving the Nest. So now that we have established 
| that Vista is costing Microsoft a loyal fan base, despite the firm grip they 
| maintain in the business market, it's important for Microsoft to take a 
| proactive stance against improving Windows. With their grip on Dell dropping 
| away slowly and the potential for the same thing with other companies like 
| HP, I would not be shocked to see big box stores beginning to post record 
| returns alongside those big Vista sales claims.     
| When is Microsoft going to understand that there is a reason why Apple is 
| outperforming them with a better, more stable OS? The simple fact is their 
| choice of a BSD core has driven Apple's continued success. |   



FreeSBIE -- first (and mostly negative) impressions

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| At this point, I've run about 15 or so live Linux CDs with varying
| degrees of success. And yes, I have manually configured a static
| networking connection before -- Fluxbuntu's "command line interface 
| is EVERYTHING" philosophy sent me to the Web for instructions on
| how to do so.


Review: PC-BSD 1.3

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| PC-BSD's hardware support is good, but not quite on par with that of
| some Linux distributions. Part of this may be that BSD lacks some
| of the drivers available for Linux, and part of it seems to be
| related to the configuration utilities for PC-BSD. For example,
| PC-BSD seems to see my wireless card, but doesn't provide any
| tools (at least that I could find) to manage the card, supply a
| WEP password, or otherwise change the card's configuration.
| [...]
| On my Ubuntu desktop, I can plug in a USB soundcard and configure
| it to handle certain tasks (such as running Skype) and use my
| system soundcard for other tasks. I didn't see any way to manage
| multiple soundcards through the tools provided by PC-BSD.
| In short, PC-BSD is a bit behind Linux in hardware support. For
| standard desktops, its hardware support is probably sufficient.
| For some laptops or more complex hardware scenarios (such as
| multiple soundcards) it may require some advanced configuration.


PC-BSD 1.3: Day 1

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| I hate to lose all my credibility in my first post, but FreeBSD makes
| a great console OS, since I have never gotten Xfree to configure
| properly on any desktop or laptop I have owned. I would spend a
| few hours researching the problem, then think "Linux is easier"
| and wipe the drive.
| That said, the allure of BSD remains: fast, modern, capable of
| running on just about anything from toasters to mainframes, and
| less fragmented than Linux. What's not to love?
| Projects like DesktopBSD and PC-BSD are perfect for the likes of
| me: someone that wants to get a BSD desktop running, but doesn't
| want to spend alot of time doing it.


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