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1 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
Do you like Unix? What are you using as your OS?
I'm using OpenBSD.
2 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
Using gentoo. I thought about trying OpenBSD but change is scary.
3 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
Unix is very fun. Then again, I actively dislike a lot of GNU software and distro choices, so the change to FreeBSD and then OpenBSD was very enjoyable for me. Everything just makes sense, and all commands are more ergonomic to use, as they don't require --long --------looooooooooong options. Everything also makes sense in that basic unix tools like ed, yacc, lex, etc are not missing, and come in the default install. I've even seen a GNU/Linux distro without XTerm: frightening. OpenBSD comes with most X utilities.
It receives poor support from producers of proprietary software though. I have no video drivers, since I have an Nvidia card.
4 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
I installed FreeBSD today, and as usual, it's always more of a pain in the butt to configure, compared to OpenBSD. How awful. They even removed relevant information from the handbook.
5 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
I encountered a bug in FreeBSD that someone submitted a patch for in 2010. A real bug that inflicted real pain on me. I feel so frustrated.
6 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
I use Mint on my laptop, yeah I know babbies first Linux but I like it.
If only all the software I use on Windows was available on Linux, I'd switch tomorrow.
7 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
You feel a need for proprietary software?
8 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
I need proprietary software that's only available on windows for college.
Also vidya
9 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00


Tell your college that you can't consent to the Windows EULA and that they give you the unfortunate choice of dropping out unless the university recognises that Windows is expensive and not all students can afford it.
10 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
It's always nice to see and understand new work. I read this today, as it was posted to comp.unix.bsd.freebsd.announce yesterday.
11 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
>and that they give you the unfortunate choice of dropping out

Getting off topic here, but this comment is strange. Sticking to your guns is one thing, but it's unreasonable to forfeit such a major opportunity over a few hundred dollars. There are textbooks that cost more than that.
12 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
Do you think people pay for the textbooks instead of pirating them?
13 rms 1969-12-31T17:00:00
>over a few hundred dollars.
The issue is freedom, not money.
14 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
>>12 do you think people purchase installation media
15 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
I hope not.
16 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
I'm sure there are some, not that it really matters.
You forfeit "freedom" when you agree to do things someone else's way (i.e. the school's way).
17 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
That's why >>9 suggested dropping out.
18 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
gentoo and debian

i also used bsd in the past, but they have poor support and are ridden with bugs
19 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
Most places, at least in the US, would just tell you to use the machines in the library / computer lab.
20 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
Recently switched from Gentoo to NixOS to try out this new fangled declarative system business. It's actually pretty cool and I hope I can permanently move to one in the near future, but I don't think I can stick with NixOS due to it using systemd. GuixSD looks awesome but I still can't give up my proprietary video drivers.
21 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
I still want an old Silicon Graphics box so I can fuck around with IRIX, shame about the availability and price.
22 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
I use void linux. Its very nice.
I think most users of UNIX today dont really appreciate whats really beautiful about the system- its been turned into a platform for the same kind of philosophy as windows. But whats really beautiful about UNIX is using small, general purpouse tools to solve problems by chaining them together. Things that don't fufill any single need or task of yours on their own, but combine to do so in simple ways, with small and easily readable shell functions and scripts and stuff like that.
23 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
>ridden with bugs

That's untrue.
24 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
Debian Jessie.
25 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
arch linux
i want to look into this distro, seems fun
26 guest@cc 1969-12-31T17:00:00
Theres one major disadvantage I can note, wine is 32 bit only if you dont compile it yourself, and good luck figuring that mess out. Otherwise it is good.
though, if you liked that philisophical diatribe, you shouldnt think any distro or another is somehow special in that regard.

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