It's nice but it's always lagging behind Linux in hardware support and general user friendliness. I know they don't just want to slap shit together to make things work like Linux distros do but that has it's drawbacks.
>>52285401 Tried installing it on an x60, totally locked up after about 5 minutes of use. Moved it over to an x61 and it worked alright, had to spend a bit hacking up fvwm to fit my needs only to find out that the X server was shit and incompatible with remote Solaris applications, but whatever. Was good enough for local shitposting.
>>52285446 It lags behind Linux in New hardware support. Older hardware however will continue to work indefinitely, whereas Linux will break shit once actively support ends.
It's also less user-friendly than say Mint, but compared to something like Arch or Gentoo it's way more user-friendly. It's not a hand-holding OS, but it is as simplified, and logical as possible. The target user-base for it are the devs themselves. It's designed to be exactly the OS they want to use as a development platform, so they don't go out of their way to make it needlessly complicated or difficult for the sake of elitism.
I'd say it's biggest drawback is its community. Arch and Gentoo certainly are not welcoming towards complete noobs, but OpenBSD takes it further, and are not particularly welcoming towards anyone who isn't an OpenBSD developer. You have to prove that you are useful to the community in some way before they warm-up to you, otherwise you are a waste of their time. It doesn't matter who you are, and how knowledgeable you are. Create and maintain packages in accordance to the project standards, find and document bugs, shit like that, and you'll find that they are a bit nicer than their reputation suggests.
>>52286454 That depends. Laptop wireless can be a huge pain on Linux, and almost certainly always is on the BSDs. Not being able to use wireless, or having to jump through hoops to do it is understandably a deal-breaker for most people. People generally buy laptops because they expect to be able to use them wherever they happen to be. Its less of an issue if you don't mind potentially being limited to using Ethernet.
That said, it's wonderful for older hardware. I have 5.8 running on an old Pentium 4, and it works flawlessly, and surprisingly fast. I rescued the thing from the dumpster at work, and it had Win XP originally. XP would barely even boot anymore, and you could completely forget using it for much of anything due to how slow and sluggish it was. With OpenBSD though it's a perfectly good PC for browsing the web, word processing, and light shit like that.
>>52291367 Dude I really wanna use FreeBSD but the default install is so bloated. Something like 1.3GB with no ports and ufs filesystem (wanted to install it onto a thin client pc with 2gb of flash memory)
>>52288689 Yea, performance is almost an entirely alien concept to the devs. They don't give a single fucking about it. I can see their reasoning to a degree. They don't want to sacrifice security, or rush half-assed code into a release, just to have better performance, or new features just for the sake of having new features. They are really conservative about major changes to the OS.
I do think they take it too far though. There's no good reason to completely sacrifice performance. There can be a reasonable compromise somewhere between the two extremes.
>>52291367 >In November 2012, The FreeBSD Security Team announced that hackers gained unauthorized access on two of the project's servers. These servers were turned off immediately. More research demonstrated that the first unauthorized access by hackers occurred on 19 September. Apparently hackers gained access to these servers by stealing SSH keys from one of the developers, not by exploiting a bug in the operating system itself. These two hacked servers were part of the infrastructure used to build third-party software packages. The FreeBSD Security Team checked the integrity of the binary packages and announced that no unauthorized change was made to the binary packages, but they stated that they can't guarantee the integrity of packages that were downloaded between 19 September and 11 November. :^)
>>52300223 they're mostly hostile to the fact that it's crappy hardware but if someone sent a patch they would probably accept it. the trouble is nobody sends patches, they just complain that the devs never bothered getting one and making it work.
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