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    New to FOSS, why did Mark go with Linux over FreeBSD?

    I was just curious. I am new to the FOSS but I really love all of it so far. From what I have read Freebsd seems like it would have a better chance for desktop success. This is coming from somone with a fresh perspective on the free OSs.

    Freebsd for one is the complete OS not distros which provides standards making it easier to produce software for. I think software developers can be weary of Linux with all the different distros out there that a potential customer could try to install their software on and it not work. I was curious if Mark Shuttleworth looked into investing into making FreeBSD the OS of choice or was it Linux all the way?

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    Re: New to FOSS, why did Mark go with Linux over FreeBSD?

    Excellent question! Don't know the answer. Perhaps he just likes Debian. Not much clue from:

    http://www.ubuntu.com/community/ubuntustory

    If someone has Mark's email, perhaps you could ask him personally. He does have a blog, although I don't recall seeing a rationale on it either.

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    Re: New to FOSS, why did Mark go with Linux over FreeBSD?

    FreeBSD is under the LGPL - Lesser General Public License. It's source code is freely available, but you do not have to share any changes you make, unlike GNU/Linux, which is under the GPL (General Public License.)
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    Re: New to FOSS, why did Mark go with Linux over FreeBSD?

    I've been working in IT (albeit a Windoze environment) for 5.5 years now and went to a magnet high school for science and mathematics and I don't know anyone that uses or has ever used FreeBSD. I mean, probably some of my friends have, but I don't know about it. Point being, if no one is using it, there's no base to build off.
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    Re: New to FOSS, why did Mark go with Linux over FreeBSD?

    Okay thanks for the responses. I am still fuzzy on the different free licenses.

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    Re: New to FOSS, why did Mark go with Linux over FreeBSD?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sef View Post
    FreeBSD is under the LGPL - Lesser General Public License. It's source code is freely available, but you do not have to share any changes you make, unlike GNU/Linux, which is under the GPL (General Public License.)
    It's actually under the BSD License: http://www.freebsd.org/copyright/freebsd-license.html
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    Re: New to FOSS, why did Mark go with Linux over FreeBSD?

    I think Mark was a Debian developer.

    Anyhow, Linux has a much larger user base and subsequently programs and such..

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    Re: New to FOSS, why did Mark go with Linux over FreeBSD?

    Yup Mark was a debian developer.
    but really BSD has some way to go, while linux is currently being accepted BSD is still in the iron age... but its getting there
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    Re: New to FOSS, why did Mark go with Linux over FreeBSD?

    I'm posting this from FreeBSD.
    Trust me, it's great.
    Stable and well put together.

    It's definitely not as popular and linux but on its own merits, it's a great system.
    Just about all the good open source applications have been ported and quite a few linux commercial applications can run under a compatiblity layer.
    That's how I achieve flash support.

    One of the things I really like is the ports collection.
    Over 17000 applications right at your fingertips.
    'cd usr/ports/x11-wm/xfce4' then 'make install clean' and you have xfce.

    It's a bit like apt except that it builds from source.
    You do have the option to install binaries using 'pkg_add'.
    However, not all ports have corresponding packages.

    The base FreeBSD install is NOT newbie friendly though.
    There is copious documentation on the website but unless you are willing to accept the learning curve, forget it.
    After installation, all you get to begin with is the command line and you have to configure everything from there yourself.
    However, PCBSD (www.pcbsd.org) exists as a prepackaged FreeBSD desktop system.
    There is also DesktopBSD which has similar aims.

    Linux has certain advantages due to its userbase but I started my 'Unix' journey with FreeBSD so I'm real fond of it.
    I think Ubuntu is doing a great thing though.

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    Re: New to FOSS, why did Mark go with Linux over FreeBSD?

    FreeBSD can never be as good of a desktop as Linux. Its always behind in hardware support.

    Although it runs Linux apps it does not run them all.

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