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Re: Debian vs. Red Hat (was Re: [tlug] Mandrake vs. Red Hat)

On Thu, Jun 06, 2002 at 11:30:08AM +0000, Jack Morgan wrote:

> Same here, but just out of curiosity... why NetBSD over FreeBSD?

/me is laughing long and hard.

The baseline argument for Net versus Free is that Net went for solid design
while Free went for x86 performance.  Free doesn't have to worry about
having the same code work on little-endian MIPS box and a big-endian sparc64
box -- they can optimize around the Intel architecture's braindamages[1].  Net
requires a broadly shared codebase, which results in clean code at the
expense of performance.

But, yeah, it's six of one and a half-dozen of the other.  The actual
performance difference measured in the real world in practically unmeasurable.

Now Net versus Open, _there_ is a debate :)

-- Chris
           GPG key FEB9DE7F (91AF 4534 4529 4BCC 31A5  938E 023E EEFB FEB9 DE7F)

[1] Yes, FreeBSD runs on alpha.  It's the same bloody i/o model.

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