June 18th, 2005, 22:51
Theo de Raadt is a pioneer of the open source software movement and a huge proponent of free software. But he is no fan of the open source Linux operating system.

"It's terrible," De Raadt says. "Everyone is using it, and they don't realize how bad it is. And the Linux people will just stick with it and add to it rather than stepping back and saying, 'This is garbage and we should fix it.'"

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June 20th, 2005, 08:55
Ouch thats gonna leave a mark!!

June 20th, 2005, 17:23
From what I read in articles and comments, even from serious Linux advocates, the comment about Linux being a patched-together mess is roughly accurate. I wouldn't know, since I can't code anything harder than XHTML. I do know the kernel sources are huge for Linux.

What keeps people from using any of the BSDs is the lack of an easy and slick configuration for the desktop. It's not like SUSE with absolutely no need to use a text editor for installation and setup. When I published my dumbed-down tutorials for FreeBSD desktop setup, the comments indicated lots of folks tried it for the first time, who would otherwise refuse to touch it. That includes a lot of experienced Linux users. I've not seen anything equivalent for NetBSD or OpenBSD.

I tried NetBSD twice, and never could find enough simple instruction on setting up a regular desktop machine. A number of users have told me they hope NetBSD and OpenBSD remain too difficult for the masses. Until that changes, only FreeBSD has any hope of mass appeal. I suppose I can see both sides of it, but some of what Theo says ignores the lack of catering to, or even meeting half-way, the regular users.

Just my 2 cents.

June 21st, 2005, 01:15
I was very surprised to hear from some die-hard linux users that they found the article enlightening on the OS that they praised so much. Never once did they think of the kernel as a patchwork of code, constantly under development. They are now talking about moving to BSD.

June 21st, 2005, 23:26
I despise linux. GNU I'm ok with though. ;-)