Re: FreeBSD/ Redhat / Debian
At 2:14 PM +1100 1/23/04, Craig Sanders wrote:
e.g. his long-winded page on the "base system", makes it seem as if a base
system is something magically distinct that only freebsd has. Linux
distributions have had "base systems" since the early days and, just
like *BSD, "base system" means that it is intended to the "base of a
Yeah? Well, two things:
1) AFAIK, only Debian has a base system that is truly a minimal
install. I suppose some other distros do this now too. But a Red Hat
install, for instance, is like the circus coming to town -- hardly a
2) The larger, more important, point was that the userland components
of the FreeBSD base are managed under source code control by the
FreeBSD developers and aren't "assembled" from many places (tho
mostly GNU) as Linux distros do.
That said, both FreeBSD and Debian share much common philosophy. I
guess that's why I like and use both!