Fate of the *BSDs
Posted Nov 14, 2012 16:52 UTC (Wed) by man_ls
In reply to: Fate of the *BSDs
Parent article: Crowding out OpenBSD
Thinking a bit about it, software and life forms are probably very different. Perhaps software is much more adaptable than DNA and the generalist always tends to win, because it can adapt to multiple environments at the same time.
Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter... At least on the net there is not an "ecosystem"; almost everything turns to a monoculture with ever-increasing speed. There is no room for competitors, and the generalist tends to win (or perhaps the specialist can generalize without losing adaptative power).
If this is the case, then the *BSDs don't have a future anywhere, any more than the OSs mentioned in grandparent (Amiga, CP/M) or than relics like Multics or Unix System V. Linux (the kernel) is eating their lunch and GNU userland is the future.
But somehow this doesn't seem to be the case, particularly in the Linux userland: KDE and GNOME have prospered for a long time, right now we have llvm, Firefox and Chrome coexist with proprietary variants... So perhaps they do have a future and all they need is even more specialization. Or a different scope. What is clear is that as generalist OSs they have lost the match.
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