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Originally Posted by whisker is BSD the same as linux? Well, yes. And no. I love how the FreeBSD console interface uses the block cursor rather than that aweful blinking ...
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    Re: bsd and linux


    Quote Originally Posted by whisker
    is BSD the same as linux?
    Well, yes. And no.

    I love how the FreeBSD console interface uses the block cursor rather than that aweful blinking underscore.

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    Re: bsd and linux

    Quote Originally Posted by eatinglemur
    I love how the FreeBSD console interface uses the block cursor rather than that aweful blinking underscore.
    And also cooler screensavers in console-mode, which can be choosed easily... And also the freebsd has a nice cursor in console-mode instead of the block-cursor... These are just small, picky details but yet they are pleasing

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    Well, I actually like the block cursor, but I can understand how the little pointer helps make things less ambiguous for the user.

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    Linux also has a block cursor, though, this is not a good reason to choose an operating system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ama
    Linux also has a block cursor, though, this is not a good reason to choose an operating system.
    Sure it is! I don't care how good a system is...if the interface drives you nuts, it's impossible to get any real work done. I mean, come on--it's always there.

    (serious note: How DO you change to the block cursoer in linux?)

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    So the BSD / Linux differences have already been established.

    I don't want to start a flamewar, but I just want to point out to the OP that (IMO) the BSDs I have played with a bit are more secure than Linux after the default install.

    What I mean by this is there are a couple little things that go a long way:
    1. Standard OpenBSD installation shuts many services by default. If you want them, you have to turn them on.
    2. High-security FreeBSD installation does the same. In addition when you create a new user they are not automatically in the group that allows them to su.

    Both OSes are very slick, I just think BSD thinks more in terms of security for novice users. (Although I suppose not a lot of novice users will want to bother with it in the first place.) Linux can be made very secure as well, but it's just a different mentality for a default install.

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    I too found BSD to be very solid, but I must say that I'm quite impressed with Fedora Core 3. Out of all the distros I've used in the past, it seems more security-minded than the others. I find selinux by default (in targetted mode) to be rather interesting, and Apache is definitely configured much more conservatively and securely than my Apache server was on FreeBSD.

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    Linux also has a block cursor, though, this is not a good reason to choose an operating system.
    heh heh, actually what i really like is that you can hit the scroll-lock key and scroll down to read text that has gone off screen.
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    be careful with this link as to acertaining which os to use.
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    http://www.over-yonder.net/~fullermd/rants/bsd4linux/bsd4linux1.php
    it is a bit biased for bsd, but does contain some useful information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by serz
    No, BSD is UNIX, and Linux being a UNIX-like system it has similarities.
    BSD and Linux are both UNIX-like, UNIX is a trademark onwed by The Open Group.

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