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Date:      Mon, 14 Jul 1997 22:56:41 -0700
From:      David Greenman <dg@root.com>
To:        Sam Carter <petrov@owlnet.rice.edu>
Cc:        Doug White <dwhite@resnet.uoregon.edu>, freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD vs. Linux 
Message-ID:  <199707150556.WAA14297@implode.root.com>
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Mon, 14 Jul 1997 23:32:41 CDT." <Pine.SOL.3.91.970714232901.25940D-100000@long-eared.owlnet.rice.edu> 

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>> Primarily:
>> 
>> 1 standard distribution.
>> 1000+ preported (and in many cases precompiled) programs ready for your
>> use.
>> This great mailing list for support :)
>
>You are not answering my question.  What about a comparison between the 
>two?  What are differences?  Advantages and disadvantages of each?  I may 

   Actually, he is answering your question. When/if you start using Linux
you'll discover that keeping everything working is such a pain because the
pieces all come from different places and each version of each component
has trouble fitting together with other components in various ways. With
the FreeBSD development group producing a single release, it allows us to
produce a system where all of the pieces fit together without various
compatibility problems. Further, FreeBSD's extensive collection of pre-ported
software makes setting up and using the system vastly easier than its
competition.
   FreeBSD has generally been targeted toward larger server systems while
Linux has been more targeted toward the workstation user. Either system can
be used for either purpose, of course, but FreeBSD's stength is clearly in
networking and file server applications.

-DG

David Greenman
Core-team/Principal Architect, The FreeBSD Project



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