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Date:      Tue, 15 Jul 1997 00:58:04 -0500
From:      Randy DuCharme <>
To:        Sam Carter <>
Cc:        Doug White <>, freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD vs. Linux
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Sam Carter wrote:
> On Mon, 14 Jul 1997, Doug White wrote:
> > On Mon, 14 Jul 1997, Sam Carter wrote:
> >
> > > I have an x86 box running Win95 and I want to dual boot into a Unix
> > > flavor.  What are the chief differences between FreeBSD and Linux?  I
> > > just looked through the FreeBSD faq, but couldn't find anything
> > > comparing the two.
> >
> > 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
> not like Win95 but I see the advantage to some (simplistic interface,
> broad application base).  I realize that y'all may be FreeBSD fans but I
> can't imagine that all the Linux users are mentally impaired.  There must
> be some advantages to each.

Why not do that I did... try them both and see for yourself!

Personally, I find FreeBSD *far* more stable and reliable than most of
the Linux installations I've messed with.  It's also 'BSD' from a system
administration standpoint, unlike Linux, which seems like a strange 
blend of SysV and BSD.  ( to me anyway )  It would seem that there is 
more software available for Linux than FreeBSD yet most of the 'Linux'
programs I've run, ran fine under FreeBSD's Linux emulation.  Some feel
that Linux may be more suited to the desktop and FreeBSD, more suited to
server-duty, yet I use FreeBSD almost exclusively for both.
Linux is also available to run on different hardware platforms where
FreeBSD currently runs ONLY on the Intel platform.

This question has been asked hundreds of times.  Much of this 
correspondence can be reviewed at

Randall D DuCharme       
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