On Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 12:11 AM, Jordan Hubbard <j...@mail.turbofuzz.com> wrote:
> On Apr 1, 2014, at 10:46 AM, Eitan Adler <li...@eitanadler.com> wrote:
>> That is why on this date I propose that we cease competing on the
>> desktop market. FreeBSD should declare 2014 to be "year of the Linux
>> desktop" and start to rip out the pieces of the OS not needed for
>> server or embedded use.
>> Some of you may point to PCBSD and say that we have a chance, but I
>> must ask you: how does one flavor stand up to the thousands in the
>> Linux world?
> The fact that this posting comes out on April 1st makes me wonder if it's
> just an elaborate April Fool's joke, but then the notion of *BSD (or Linux,
> for that matter) on the Desktop is just another long-running April fool's
> joke, so I'm willing to postulate that two April Fools jokes would simply
> cancel each other out and make this posting a serious one again. :-)
> I'll choose to be serious and say what I'm about to say in spite of the fact
> that I work for the primary sponsor of PC-BSD and actually like the fact that
> it has created some interesting technologies like PBIs, the Jail Warden,
> Life-preserver and a ZFS boot environment menu.
> There is no such thing as a desktop market for *BSD or Linux. There never
> has been and there never will be. Why do you think we chose "the power to
> serve" as FreeBSD's first marketing slogan? It makes a fine server OS and
> it's easy to defend its role in the server room. It's also becoming easier
> to defend its role as an embedded OS, which is another excellent niche to
> pursue and I am happy to see all the recent developments there.
> A desktop? Unless you consider Mac OS X to be "BSD on the desktop" (and
> while they share some common technologies, it's increasingly a stretch to say
> that), it's just never going to happen for (at least) the following reasons:
As you may imagine, I completely disagree! The Internet just had it's
20th birthday (it can't even drink yet!) and it's anyone's game.
This is like trying to predict automobile technology and dominant
car-makers by 1905. There's always room for competition. Take a look
at what's happening right now in the auto-industry. Tesla came out of
nowhere 125 years after the invention of the automobile and is doing
I bet there were a lot of people at Apple saying they couldn't compete
in the music-player market, or the mobile-phone market, etc.
In fact, if I look at the stats on freenas.org, we have about 350k
visitors each month, with nearly 2% of them running FreeBSD and
clearly using it to surf the internet. Sounds like a market to me!
Long live the FreeBSD desktop, long live PC-BSD :P
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