Non-Linux OSes Still Playing In An Intel UMS World
Phoronix: Non-Linux OSes Still Playing In An Intel UMS World
While Intel has a lot of interesting work going on right now within their Linux kernel DRM driver and elsewhere within their open-source graphics stack, operating systems like OpenIndiana/Illumos and FreeBSD are still catching up, but they're still a ways off...
Since when is a filesystem an argument to use an operating system? The OS is much more than its filesystem: it's the applications it supports, it's the hardware drivers, it's the design and efficiency of its core kernel, it's the licensing models and release cycles used...
Still, I hope that FreeBSD and OpenIndiana become as good as they can possibly be, and someday evolve to being viable competitors to desktop Linux. We need another platform where we can "leap" to should it ever occur that desktop Linux becomes intractably adulterated by closed source software. In fact, I'm counting on that eventually happening.
No, Steve (Ballmer), Linux is not a cancer. Proprietary software is. Every free project I've seen to date either (a) dies of lack of interest, or (b) becomes insanely popular and eventually gets taken over by predominantly proprietary software, to the point that any open code left is not at all useful on its own. Reference: Android. Reference: OS X (whose open core is Darwin, and NEXT before that, and BSD before that, if you remember). Linux is definitely not trending toward (a), so it's very likely trending toward (b) instead. We need an alternative that's at least usable when Linux reaches its terminus. We (those who value Free/Open Source software on the very principal of it) are bound to spend our entire lives jumping ship from one sinking ship to another. Every free platform eventually sinks into the ocean, and you have to find another to jump to that's (for the moment) free as in freedom. It's a cycle.
Since when is a filesystem an argument to use an operating system?
People use an OS that best suits the needs for the system it's running on. For OI users, 3D acceleration and the latest graphics drivers updates aren't really important. Most people who install OI are doing it for ZFS and running it on (headless) file servers. Yes, the filesystem is the selling point.
That was my only point... because the article seemed to heap shame on OI where it doesn't really make sense.