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Depends on what you mean package based. FreeBSD is AFAIK also package
based as linux. They just have Ports as compiling source may not always
be what you want.
1. Is the whole system is package based? Like Linux, unlike FreeBSD.
But yes we have a Package system called IPS
We strive to be General Purpose. We recently integrated MATE 1.14 so we
have Desktops precompiled.
2. Is it recommended for desktop OS, or are you focusing on server
Yes. But not via installer and not recomended. Why no ZFS if I may ask?
It's one of the main features of OI.
3. Is there any way to install the OS without ZFS?
4. Is ext4 is supported? Recommended for root, home?
No. Driver is GPL and thus due to licensing issues not ported.
5. Is it recommended to install the OS on old HW? I have this currently
running Debian Linux:
Depends how much RAM you have you shaould at least have 1.5Gb
Virtualbox and other virtualisation tends to do that. Especially on
older hardware and with limited RAM.
I use XFCE, and it runs good. I ask this because I run oi in Virtualbox, and
it is very very slow.
What IDE/Editor are you using? Not all IDE's for embedded run on OI.
CLion for exmaple does not.
I'd use this computer for software development, embedded software development,
but also watching movies with mpv.
Be aware that when you are programming in Native languages(C, C++) that
you may need a linux to compile the binary for the embedded device.
6. Is there any web interface for packages, so I can check if there's any
package that I'll miss, and have to compile by myself.
or just type pkg search in commandline. The result is the same.
I don't know about lighttpd, we have nginx and apache. But the rest is
do able. I can give you some instructions for NAT.
7. I also have a server, currently running FreeBSD. It hosts a git server,
lighttpd based web server, NFS server, and acts as border GW doing NAT. Can I
use oi for these?
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