Seven Client OSes That Could Replace Windows - FreeBSD

By eWEEK Labs  |  Posted 2008-08-13 Print this article Print

4. FreeBSD
Like Solaris, FreeBSD benefits from access to most of the same software that powers the Linux desktop and, if you're so inclined, can today be used as a client operating system. BSD licensing is more liberal than that which governs Linux, which is beneficial for makers of proprietary platforms. For instance, FreeBSD makes up part of Apple's OS X core, and this behind-the-scenes OS X inclusion is probably the most prominence that FreeBSD will end up enjoying.

Microsoft's Windows is the undisputed king of the desktop, and, for a long time now, it's seemed as though Windows would reign forever more. However, with customer uptake of Vista still limp-

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