I hadn't thought about it that way
Thanks for the reply. I hadn't really thought about the netinfo stuff that way before, granted I am really new to macos X(few weeks) so I will try to keep an open mind about it.
As for the directory structure...
/bin contains very basic command binaries like ls cat etc... basic stuff that you would need to do anything if only your / partition were mounted.
/sbin contains system binaries, and daemons that are part of the base install necessary to control the way the system is running... like route, dump, mount etc... again, if only the / partition were mounted -
/etc - well we know what this is for.... system level configuration files
/usr/bin - This contains the more fun and usable tools and utilities that make running unix fun and powerful
/usr/sbin - This contains the more fun and usable tools/daemons that make running unix fun and powerful as root Basically, you average user won't be executing commands out of here, primarily root will... not to say that they can't, its generally a matter normal use versus admin use.
/usr/local/bin - Userland programs, stuff that doesn't come with unix by default but is installed later on... Netscape, BitchX, and the like... (the reason you booted this computer in the first place)
/usr/local/sbin - programs and daemons that are installed after the fact, but are still generally controlled by root... apachectl, snmpd...
/usr/local/etc - config files for all the stuff installed in /usr/local/bin or /usr/local/sbin some of the startup scripts /usr/local/sbin daemons
As for LINUX.... I loaded it once a year or so ago, but its hardware configuration was sufficienly different that I got frustrated and went back to FreeBSD. I mean when you get used to compiling your own kernel to get any hardware working(sound cards, nic cards, etc) you have no idea where to look when you get into Linux's way of doing things(I had no books or documentation... just a friends Mandrake CD). Looking back, Linux is better at somethings than BSD flavors are, but when you are used to something its hard to force yourself to change when there is really no compelling reason to.
Overall, FreeBSD is more stable whereas Linux has way more commercial support and software available. Everyone writes for Linux whereas FreeBSD has its ports collection... but where was it ported from...hmm I wonder. My one major grip with FreeBSD is that a newbie would have definate troubles getting it installed easily. This in turn scares them away and into the arms of Red Hat or Mandrake. Overall I feel FreeBSD is a better OS than any linux flavor out there, but that doesn't mean Linux sucks by any means. FreeBSD has had the benefit of a long history, give Linux that long and there is no telling what it would have been if it were as old.
Yikes, I wrote a book...thanks for the insight everyone.
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