Why not BSD?

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Wednesday, July 13. 2005

My server farms are almost exclusively BSD and Linux, and with the Linux ones, they are mostly of the Yellowdog variety (I have a lot of Mac h/w). When I get a new Intel system the debate should be "Install BSD or Linux" but it never happens. 95 times out of 100 I'll install FreeBSD. I know it's been hashed out numerous times, but I do wonder why BSD does not get more recognition than it does. Would it do better if there was a bigger "marketing push" from the various BSD communities? Or does the media simply do better with communities and projects on which they can attach a singular face to? It certainly appears that the latter is a major factor. A lot of the media has a hard time, for example, figuring out various ASF projects. They want to assign one person as *the* person behind a single project, and despite the best efforts of whoever it is they interview, that misperception leaks through. Of course, it goes without saying that it's a darn shame when a technically top-notch project and community such as the BSDs don't get the credit and recognition they deserve. I appreciate 'em and I want to thank them all for all they've done.

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