--On October 15, 2006 3:26:02 PM -0700 William Tracy
<[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
Well, let's see. As a server, I have worked with Windows, Solaris,
Gentoo, RedHat, Fedora, CentOS, Slackware, OpenBSD and FreeBSD. All my
servers are FreeBSD now, except for the ones that require Windows and
don't give me an otpion.
So, basically, I'm asking you guys to wow me. :-) Show me how FreeBSD
can outdo Linux. Make me never want to go back.
That should tell you something.
Features that I like that I consider better than other *nixes:
1) The install - the install is simple and easy to follow. Furthermore,
you can run the installer any time you want by running sysinstall,
something that often requires inserting a CD (or copying the CD to the
hard drive) on other OSes.
2) The OS - it has all the tools you need without any of the bloat. Yes,
it requires that you actually learn Unix, but that's not a bad thing.
Built-in perl. Built-in tcpdump.
3) The kernel. I've done kernel rebuilds on Linux. Trust me, freebsd is
much easier. make buildkernel, make buildworld, make installkernel,
reboot, run mergemaster, make installworld, run mergemaster again. And I
can do it in an ssh session without having to worry about running to the
4) The ports system. I have at my fingertips everything I need to install
anything I need. And if it's not there, just ask. Someone will create
the port. Complex apps that require the installation of a number of items
(dependencies) are often so daunting that people don't even want to tackle
them. In FreeBSD, the port does all of that for you.
What's left? Oh - performance. FreeBSD just works. I've never had a
crash. I've never had sluggish performance.
Paul Schmehl ([EMAIL PROTECTED])
Adjunct Information Security Officer
The University of Texas at Dallas