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Lennart Poettering: BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore 460

halfaperson writes "In an interview with, Lennart Poettering speaks freely about his creations, PulseAudio, Avahi and systemd among other things. Naturally, what has stirred up most of the discussions online is Lennart's opinions on BSD. Following the recent proposal to make Gnome a Linux-exclusive desktop, Lennart explains that he thinks BSD support is holding back a lot of Free Software development. He says this while also taking a stab at Debian kFreeBSD: 'Debian kFreeBSD is a toy OS, people really shouldn't misunderstand that.'"
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Lennart Poettering: BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 15, 2011 @10:14PM (#36782404)

    It is official; Lennart Poettering now confirms: *BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore

    One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered *BSD community when IDC confirmed that *BSD market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming close on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that *BSD has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. *BSD is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

    You don't need to be Lennart Poettering to predict *BSD's future. The hand writing is on the wall: *BSD faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for *BSD because *BSD is dying. Things are looking very bad for *BSD. As many of us are already aware, *BSD continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

    FreeBSD is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time FreeBSD developers Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: FreeBSD is dying.

    Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

    OpenBSD leader Theo states that there are 7000 users of OpenBSD. How many users of NetBSD are there? Let's see. The number of OpenBSD versus NetBSD posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 NetBSD users. BSD/OS posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of NetBSD posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of BSD/OS. A recent article put FreeBSD at about 80 percent of the *BSD market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 FreeBSD users. This is consistent with the number of FreeBSD Usenet posts.

    Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, FreeBSD went out of business and was taken over by BSDI who sell another troubled OS. Now BSDI is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

    All major surveys show that *BSD has steadily declined in market share. *BSD is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If *BSD is to survive at all it will be among OS dilettante dabblers. *BSD continues to decay. Nothing short of a cockeyed miracle could save *BSD from its fate at this point in time. For all practical purposes, *BSD is dead.

    Fact: *BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore

  • by mlts ( 1038732 ) * on Friday July 15, 2011 @10:24PM (#36782448)

    Just curious... does Netcraft confirm this?

  • by camperdave ( 969942 ) on Friday July 15, 2011 @10:44PM (#36782570) Journal
    Linux on the desktop is so last year...
  • by Dahamma ( 304068 ) on Friday July 15, 2011 @11:55PM (#36782880)

    Yeah, but using it as an argument that BSD isn't dead it like using you as an argument that your great-great grandfather isn't either ;)

  • by MacGyver2210 ( 1053110 ) on Saturday July 16, 2011 @01:36AM (#36783226)

    Lennart is trying to make Linux more like OSX

    Thank you for clarifying that. Now I understand that he is to be stopped at all costs.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 16, 2011 @03:50AM (#36783672)

    Linux didn't invent it, but they didn't like the existing implementation so they went ahead and rolled their own.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 16, 2011 @06:10AM (#36784214)

    For all practical purposes, *BSD is dead.

    Fact: *BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore

    I think BSD market share is much higher than 5 years ago. I mean everyone seems to be forgetting to count Macs, iPhones, and iPads, and iPod touches in their numbers. If anything, Windows is becoming irrelevant... Now it is just between BSD and Linux like it should be.


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