Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 25th Feb 2007 05:54 UTC, submitted by Valour
FreeBSD It's been a long road to recovery, but after years of mediocre releases, and months of delays in the development process, FreeBSD is finally back on its feet with 6.2-RELEASE. Though it is an excellent operating system, even this latest version offers few or no competitive advantages over Solaris or the other BSDs in a server role, and can never hope to compete with commercial GNU/Linux distributions for desktop computers. FreeBSD 6.2 is what FreeBSD 5.0 needed to be, and for those who have already switched to other operating systems, there are few or no compelling reasons to go back. More here.
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macisaac
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"For me FreeBSD has little advantage over Linux"

That's kind of my opinion as well, and I think what the article was getting at. I've seen nothing that clearly shows why running FBSD over something like Redhat for instance would be to my advantage, either as a desktop or as an enterprise server.

In terms of *nix/free software deliciousness, they'd be, at best, on a par (though like it or not, generally when some free software project is developping something nowadays, Linux is the first target). In terms of commercial software that enterprises seem to love to throw money at, there's no question there, it's either Linux or Solaris (with the first getting the upper hand increasingly it seems). In terms of actual support (which I largely don't care about anyhow), you'd be better off with a Redhat, a Sun, or what have you.

In terms of raw performance and such, Linux seems to have the edge, but that often depends on who's doing the benchmarking. Hardware support, again Linux wins, especially in the desktop area, but still FBSD is decent enough in that regard as well. In terms of system stability, from personal experience FBSD always had some pretty severe problems (hard lockups when I'd activate a PCI modem for instance), but Linux has had it's share of silliness as well over the years. In terms of security, they're UNIX, for the good and the bad. Security of the apps, such as apache, you run on top will be about the same anyway.

I think it boils down to personal preference. Whereas I'm most comfortable in dealing with a Linux-based system with the the stock assortment of GNU tools, nice things like the manner /proc is setup, etc., other folks who've perhaps cut their teeth on BSD will prefer something more like that. Nothing wrong with that, if it works for you, and does what it needs to, that's fine. Hey, they're both UNIX-like operating systems, and if for some strange reason or other, one of them exploded and suddently ceased to exist, we'd be very grateful a reasonable alternative still existed for us to use. From the fact we have a 6.2 release out, looks like there's still folks out there willing to do the work to make what you want to be running.

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