Re: freebsd - for the win
- From: Chad Perrin <perrin@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2010 18:39:34 -0600
On Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 01:12:55PM -0700, Chip Camden wrote:
Call me fatalistic, but I think there is a direct relationship between
FreeBSD's high quality and it's lack of popularity. If it catered to the
common herd, its compromises would be many.
I believe there is such a relationship, too. I think the obvious way to
interpret this recognition of the relationship is as a causal
relationship where lack of popularity is what (helps/makes) FreeBSD
maintain higher quality, but I think that's mostly the wrong way around.
Rather, it is the focus on quality over quantity that keeps it
"unpopular" (relative to other OSes, anyway). I also believe that is the
correct decision, without reservation. There are things that could be
done to improve FreeBSD's suitability and attractiveness to a wider
audience without sacrificing that focus on quality at all -- that could,
in fact, improve that attractiveness while serving the focus in quality.
Such things tend to get neglected, though, and I think it is in part
because of a negative reaction to the idea that populism involves
sacrifices of quality.
Popularity, per se, does not result in poorer quality. Populism,
however, does -- and both greater popularity *and* a desire for greater
popularity can create populism. Note that I'm using the term "populism"
in a pejorative, apolitical sense, and not in the sense of advocacy for
the rights of the people, et cetera.
Anyway . . . for my OS of choice (FreeBSD at the moment), I'd much rather
err on the side of elitism and quality than on that of egalitarianism and
quantity. I just find the occasional statement (which I do *not* think
is what you were saying) that we should actively *avoid* popularity for
the sake of quality quite annoying. I just find the occasional statement
(which I do *not* think is what you were saying) that we should actively
*avoid* popularity for the sake of quality . . . well, I find it quite
Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: http://owl.apotheon.org ]
Description: PGP signature
- Prev by Date: Re: freebsd - for the win
- Next by Date: Re: freebsd - for the win
- Previous by thread: Re: freebsd - for the win
- Next by thread: Re: freebsd - for the win