Subject: Re: 3 Lisps, 3 Ways of Specifying OS
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2001 21:42:29 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Rajappa Iyer
| Not trying to start a Linux vs. FreeBSD flamewar [...]

  I shall attempt to keep that in mind.

| Contrast this to the number of combinations that an ISV may have to deal
| with a Linux distribution.  The base system is a (IMHO hodge podge)
| collection of independently maintained packages.  It doesn't matter how
| good your packaging system is: you cannot precisely define the
| environment unless you specify the version numbers of several packages.

  Nice try with yet more FUD, though.  Debian delivers exactly as
  well-defined releases as FreeBSD does.  2.2r3 is the current release.

  FreeBSD folks need to figure out that while they have a definitve edge
  compared to the worst Linux distributions, that does not mean they have
  that an edge compared to the best Linux distributions.  Why anyone would
  want to compare themselves to anybhing _but_ the best is beyond me.  I
  guess it is the only way some people _think_ they can win, at least until
  someone points it out to them, but from what I have seen of FreeBSD, it
  is a worthy competitor even for the best of the Linuxes and should not
  have had to resort to such game-playing.

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