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Date:      Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:39:47 +0100
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        Ralf Mardorf <>
Cc:        Ralf Mardorf via freebsd-questions <>
Subject:   Re: Questions About
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On Tue, 28 Nov 2017 06:03:18 +0100, Ralf Mardorf via freebsd-questions wrote:
> On Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:36:55 -0500, Baho Utot wrote:
> >On 11/27/17 13:28, Valeri Galtsev wrote:
> >Actually Arch Linux is the best documented system.
> A good example that already Linux distros differ a lot. I'm an Arch
> Linux user. One big difference between FreeBSD and all Linux distros
> might be the file system. However, the Arch Linux policy differs a lot
> to other major Linux distros.

That is correct. While the file system is consistent within
a BSD (see "man hier"), Linux distributions differ from each
other, and sometimes change the overall layout. There is an
attempt of standardizing the hierarchy across distributions,
but it's not in place for _all_ existing distributions.

> Something that FreeBSD and all Linux distros have in common is, that
> hardware support is less good than for Microsoft and Apple operating
> systems.

This is no longer true.

Linux is the operating system that supports most of the existing
hardware. With "existing", I not just refering to what you can
buy today, but also to what you bought yesterday, or 5 years ago.

On current "Windows", drivers often don't exist for older hardware,
so while being 100 % functional, they cannot be used anymore.
Many of those devices can still live a good life under Linux,
simply because there is a driver for them which still works.

Another problem is that "modern drivers" (for current hardware)
are often combined with spyware, and due to bloat, they generally
slow down the system.

Apple, on the other hand, has a narrow set of supported hardware,
but that support is often quite good because the developers _know_
what hardware they need to support.

So from the pure "amount of devices", Linux usually wins. :-)

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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