WhatsApp uses FreeBSD

Well well! I just read a blog post from Whatsapp where they mention that an important piece of their application runs on FreeBSD and Erlang! We all know Whatsapp, have used it, or are familiar with this, and it uses the best damn operating system available!

Like Yahoo, Juniper, Cisco, Ironport (part of Cisco), Apple, also Whatsapp uses our FreeBSD software, what prevents YOU from using it?

Please leave a comment stating why you are NOT using FreeBSD, perhaps I can change the world, and while I am too busy with my working life and private life to properly contribute at the moment, my heart and soul lives in FreeBSD, so I would be very happy to hear your comments, criticism and all that. Do realize that ‘FreeBSD Is dead’ is a statement we heard before, and I would ask you to tell me why you feel that way.

I do not promise something will change, but at least it gives me another insight in the world that frequently asks for this ;-)

One thought on “WhatsApp uses FreeBSD”

  1. Maybe this scenario could be better if the FreeBSD community manages to have better arragements in organization level – maybe the FreeBSD Foundation should do it? – with private corporations of the industry?

    The Linux Foundation, Linus Torvalds, Red Hat and Ubuntu took this path years ago and managed to improve greatly the commercial support to the Linux platform.

    In the FreeBSD mailing lists there are many records of capable developers available, interested and willing to develop drivers and support to many pieces of hardware, but they were unable to have access to documentations, APIs etc from vendors, that refused to allow access without some kind of commercial and/orlegal arrangement like NDAs, royalties, copyrights, intellectual property etc.

    When companies got involved properly, many advances were made – like Google’s SoC and other initiatives – in the FreeBSD code.

    Maybe that’s what FreeBSD needs (a lot) in order to get exponential improvement in it’s adoption, commercial support – both for apps, core code and tools development – and broader usage in general.

    Disclaimer: I am a long time FreeBSD fan – since versions 1.x – sysadmin and advocate, but I can see that both FreeBSD and Linux still have many blocks in their roads to become more popular OS, with few exceptions like Android, iOS, and niches like FreeNAS, pfSense, PC-BSD and Ubuntu.

    Both FreeBSD and Linux up to now have failed – in general – in becoming popular in the desktop, except with computer expert users and with few exceptions (in Ubuntu and PC-BSD use cases). Even Apple’s OS X – which I consider the “most popular Unix for consumer use in desktop and laptop” does not have that great market share.

    All this can change in the future with Apple and Ubuntu popularities slowly growing, but even Apple have to build an OS with not very large/broad hardware support/coverage to offer a better user experience.

    I think that Apple and Web companies made a clear point in the last few years: that user experience and interaction can dictate the adoption and popularity of products and services. In other words: design and usability play a lot in the success of IT, as well as performance, stability, availability, resilience and security. Many scientists (NASA et al.) and computer experts (even FreeBSD enthusiasts) have gone Apple, for their OS flexibility and qualities and deliveries as a good desktop / laptop system.

    Maybe if FreeBSD and Linux could parallel Apple’s OS main qualities to end users as open-source OS alternatives… they even do not need to be free, as Apple’s and Google’s App Stores did show to the world (now I will never be able to be friends with Stallman), they just need to be affordable and easily accessible (easy to buy, easy to install and use).

    Today few people wants – or can afford – to spend all the long hours – as many did in the past – to install and configure an OS, or make any graphical UI run properly, that’s why I believe that FreeBSD popularity depends on better commercial agreements similar to what the Linux Foundation have been working on.



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