[linux] Support for OSes with programs

youshi10 at u.washington.edu youshi10 at u.washington.edu
Sun Dec 12 12:11:42 PST 2004

Meh. I've worked with FreeBSD before. I just walked away from it because of issues with program support, the installer, and the ports system. As long as it has improved a great deal since 5.1 AND the nvidia driver (that was the main caviat that drove me away from FreeBSD) is better, I would be willing to switch back.

On Sun, 12 Dec 2004, Michal wrote:

> I'm sure you implied it, but I'll just conveniently assume you arn't

> being specific to Linux :)


> On Sun, 12 Dec 2004 11:11:32 -0800, Garrett Cooper

> <youshi10 at u.washington.edu> wrote:


>> Just wondering what the support's looking like (mostly how recent are

>> the available versions) for some of the binary distributions (Slackware,

>> Debian Sarge, NOT Redhat, Fedora, or Mandrake though) in terms of supporting

>> Gaim, Firefox, Xorg, KDE/Gnome/XFCE, mplayer, and xmms. I'm just having a

>> lot of random issues with Gentoo as of late and wanted to see what other

>> available options there were other than going back to Windows.


> I've got FreeBSD 5.3 running with xorg, gaim, firefox, gnome, mplayer

> and xmms just fine. I've installed all of these from the binary

> tarballs ('pkg_add -r packagename'), but had to recompile xmms from

> the ports to support oggvorbis files. Things are stable and usable.


> You can see which packages have been pre-compiled for i386 here:


> ftp://ftp6.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/i386/packages-5.3-release/


> (If the latest version isn't precompiled, browse thru the

> www.freebsd.org/ports/ and it can be compiled from source.)


> The only serious technical drawback to FreeBSD is the lack of a "true"

> journaling filesystem. You get "softupdates" instead, which hasn't

> been a problem for me since I started using it in 2000.


> -Michal


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