Recently I was digging around some articles and videos comparing Linux and the BSDs, and the first thing that almost always comes up is that “BSD is a full OS, not just a kernel.”
I understand the technical argument here - that the BSD projects maintain the kernel and all of the accompanying software to release together in one vetted and cohesive package - but I would argue that to a lot of us that distinction just isn’t meaningful.
To your average Linux user, Linux is a full OS - most of us don’t just download and compile from kernel.org, we go to our favorite distribution and download from there. Yes - Debian or Fedora don’t develop every single package included in their repositories…but does that matter to an end user?
Maybe I’m just splitting hairs, but as someone who’s used Linux for a while and is genuinely interested in dipping my toe into BSD - I’d like it if those espousing their choice of OS could give more practical comparisons between the two.