Linux is rubbish, says OpenBSD advocate

By Derek Sooman on June 19, 2005, 3:53 PM
Theo de Raadt, who works on the open source operating system OpenBSD, calls Linux "rubbish" and claims people only stick with it because they don't know any better.

OpenBSD differs from Linux in that Linux is a clone of UNIX, whereas OpenBSD is based on an actual UNIX variant called Berkeley Software Distribution. Naturally, opinions of Linux in the OpenBSD camp are pretty poor, despite the fact that Linux is immensely more popular than all of the open source BSD versions. Theo de Raadt claims that Linux owes its success purely to the support it gets from the big hardware makers like HP and IBM.

"These companies used to have to pay to develop UNIX. They had in-house engineers who wrote new features when customers wanted them. Now they just allow the user community to do their own little hacks and features, trying to get to the same functionality level, and they're just putting pennies into it," De Raadt says.
Theo de Raadt claims that the quality of code coming from his project is far superior to "the slapdash Linux movement" and that the focus of Linux is not on quality.

Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel, has called De Raadt "difficult", and has not commented further.




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---agissi--- said:
pretty sure no flaming is a rule here, and so...I completly agree with him.
Spike said:
Linux developer - "windows is rubbish"OpenBSD - "Linux is rubbish"Is it just me, or is it the case that the better the operation system, the less the number of people using it!? lmaoOh what a world it would be if we could all just get along! :)
emacsuser said:
Theo de Raadt also had this to say ...Q. Do you like GNU/Linux ? Yes/No, why? Do you use it sometimes?A. I have never used it.Theo de Raadt 2 Giugio 2005http://www.tuxjournal.net/intervista3-en.html
Phantasm66 said:
Yes, its very fair to call something rubbish when you have never used it. This guy is just jellous that his OS is not geting the industry backing that Linux is.
Phantasm66 said:
[b]Originally posted by ---agissi---:[/b][quote]pretty sure no flaming is a rule here, and so...I completly agree with him.[/quote]Why, because you tried to install it on your machine, failed, posted here for help and no one answered?
---agissi--- said:
Uhh no, where did you pull that from?I just agree with him on saying "These companies used to have to pay to develop UNIX. They had in-house engineers who wrote new features when customers wanted them. Now they just allow the user community to do their own little hacks and features.."
Phantasm66 said:
Oh right I thought you were saying that Linux was crap. If that's what you, or anyone really thinks, then that's fine, because you are entitled to your opinion. Just be prepared to defend it.Sorry if I misunderstood you.
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