November 30th, 2004, 09:26
Poul-Henning Kamp wants to know: why do we bother with FreeBSD?

He asks good questions -- which, btw, have good answers which he doesn't provide, so we need to ...

Isn't it about time, after a decade, for us to face that big existentialist question: Why bother?

In the light of the increasing commercial momentum of Linux, not, by definition, an entirely good thing for them, and with "Linux Standards Base 2" looking like a strong contender for the long promised definitive UNIX standard, we could find ourselves relegated to being "a better linux than linux" if we are caught unprepared.

Why do we bother?

November 30th, 2004, 17:27
Richard at TaoSecurity has two posts in response to this, both of which are worth reading: 7093 1520

December 5th, 2004, 14:00
This is why I bother - as I've written it in my email to
I'm posting it here as well because I want to share it. :)

- The BSD license reflects liberty, the GPL license reflects communism (it's a bit of a strong statement, but I think it's very true) and thus will always be ultimately misplaced in a capitalistic society.

- Even more important: your academical spirit (not loaded with hatred and political junk like Linux is) is universally respected and appreciated.

At least, these are my reasons for liking/using FreeBSD and *BSD in general. I think in the future you have fat chances of becoming the flag bearer of the Unix tradition, and I hope you'll confirm your commitment to technical excellence.

Kudos, for what you've done and what you'll do!!