Contributed by jolan on from the desktop-linux-is-like-teenage-sex dept.
"So, apart from requiring you to learn more about Unix system configuration than you knew you'd forgotten, how is working on OpenBSD different from working on Linux? The short answer is: it isn't."
This is certainly how I have always felt when talking about ported applications. Gnome and KDE are Gnome and KDE regardless of the underlying OS. Well that isn't 100% true, sometimes there can be OS-specific code that mines information from /proc or some such, but for the majority of functionality, the software is the same.
There are some inaccuracies in the article, such as it being said that the aps(4) driver will park disk heads (it just reports status right now).
I also don't quite know what to make of this statement:
"Due to OpenBSD's focus on server-class features, many casual Linux users may find it an uphill battle to use OpenBSD as a desktop system."
There's even a FAQ entry which tries to dispel this myth. I guess if you're used to bloated window managers coming pre-configured to run at startup as part of the "base" system, I could see how one could come to this conclusion. It does seem that the author has come from such an environment. But enough negativity, all in all this is a very positive and thoughtful review.
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