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Chad Perrin wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 11, 2007 at 08:34:38AM +0900, Lionel Bouton wrote:
>>> I just checked.  Compared with Debian's more than 18k packages (not sure
>>> how many more -- I haven't checked lately) and FreeBSD's more than 17k
>>> ports, it looks like Gentoo provides just over 11k.  I think that puts
>>> Gentoo solidly in second place for Linux distributions, but well behind
>>> FreeBSD.

[snip]
> FreeBSD doesn't tend to play silly buggers with software packaging, I've
> noticed.  It's one of the things I like about it.
> 

I've always wanted to test a *BSD distro, I just never seem to get
around to it. I've also wanted to test Open Solaris and never got around
to that either. It should be noted that the founder of Gentoo, Daniel
Robbins, created the Portage package management system as what he (and a
number of other developers) thought was enhancements to the BSD "ports"
system.

It's really amazing that the Linux kernel took off -- BSD has better
memory management and just about *everything* is better in Solaris. But
it did and despite any *quality* arguments, *quantity* is on the side of
Linux. ;)
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