Planet Online use of Linux

Mark Blackman tmb at
Thu Jul 15 12:25:28 BST 1999

I had forgotten about the license issue as I have never been
in an environment where redistribution was an issue. 

So it's predictability/compliance thats important to you is
one way of reading what you're saying.


In message <378DC0A5.8C2B772B at>, Richard Smith writes:
>Mark Blackman wrote:
>> Although I'm a tickled-pink long-time FreeBSD user, if Linux can cover all t
>> bases as well as *BSD *and* get loads of commercial support, it's a pretty
>> difficult objective argument to say that you should ever use *BSD in
>> preference to Linux, except for the case of legacy BSD systems or subjective
>> personal preference.
>I disagree. I think there are lots of objective reasons to choose BSD
>over Linux or NT for specific cases. Coming from an NT background, I
>originally focussed on FreeBSD for three simple reasons, i) I wanted
>Intel architecture, ii) I wanted a BSD style licence, and iii) I wanted
>a reference implementation of the TCP/IP stack. NetBSD and OpenBSD had a
>look-in, but Linux didn't stand a chance.
>I guess if I wanted a trendy young UNIX-like OS with the largest (or is
>that the loudest) user base and consequential wider breadth of supported
>h/w and s/w, I might have chosen Linux :)

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