[PLUG] Anyone using / can advise on FreeBSD/NetBSD?

Arun Khan knura9 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 19 10:49:07 IST 2011

On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 7:14 AM, Amarendra Godbole
<amarendra.godbole at gmail.com> wrote:
> What good is efficiency when it sacrifices stability and reliability?

I find the statement to be contradictory - suggesting that Linux is
efficient but not stable or reliable.
IMO, all three have to co-exist.

> I find Linux code to be bloated, untested, and added at whim of a
> developer or two who has/have clout. All Linux h/w drivers are
> typically "blobs" - written by the device manufacturer, and used
> "as-is". I doubt if a serious scrutiny of these happens, since Linux
> requires to support all known h/w to mankind in its race to world
> domination.

Please quantify your statement about "All Linux h/w drivers are
 typically "blobs" - written by the device manufacturer,"

Wow, if this were true then users would not be struggling to install
or run Linux with their cutting edge hardware or get their USB dongle
to get detected or work with xyz service etc.  One could simply press
F6 and plop in the "manufacturer's" driver CD.

The development model of the OSs in discussion are different.   In
either case end users have the "freedom" to choose.   About a couple
of years ago, I seriously considered FreeBSD as a NFS server for a
client (NFS server being better on FreeBSD).   The server had a
Chelsio 10Gb (2 port) NIC.  After doing some search I found that
FreeBSD supported the card but users had reported problems with the
driver (stability).   I opted for CentOS 5 that has native support
(FOSS driver) for the card.

I use various flavors of Linux distributions (which amongst themselves
have their own pros/cons) as well as FreeBSD (to a lesser extent).
My latest discovery is DragonFlyBSD and plan to give it a spin.

Arun Khan
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