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Posted by: Brian Masinick on June 14, 2005 10:20 AM
I don't think that Linus is at all threatened by these kinds of questions. He just sees the whole argument as fruitless. I happen to like using GNU/Linux software, probably for the same reasons that Torvalds wrote them. I'd agree that BSD probably focuses on certain things and does them very well, but from my vantage point, when I simply want to do the every day things that my work entails, (reading Email and Web pages to research information and keep up on correspondence), edit files, browse stuff, Linux seems to do it effortlessly. Does that suggest that I can't do such things with BSD based systems? Not at all, and I don't have anything against BSD based systems, either. In fact, most of my early UNIX experiences were on BSD based real UNIX systems (with somewhat less work on the original UNIX V6, V7, and later System V implementations). While I could (and can) do all the kinds of things that I can do on any of them, I can do them easier and with less effort on Linux software. I can download it, build it, install it, and use it in minutes with a four year old PC. The same PC generally works fine with other systems, but I can honestly tell you that I don't have to worry much about details when putting a commodity Linux desktop system together (unless I WANT to worry about details). In contrast, I generally MUST worry about details with a BSD based desktop system in order to get it to do what I want it to do. Once done, it's effective, but fiddling around (unless it's my job to fiddle around) just takes too much time. Yeah, once in a while, I do it "Just For Fun". Frankly, though, I have a family, and today they count more.

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