Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 31st Jan 2009 20:47 UTC, submitted by Oliver
NetBSD From the announcement email: "On behalf of the NetBSD Release Engineering team, I am proud to announce that the first release candidate of NetBSD 5.0 is now available for download. Those of you who have been paying close attention will have noticed that RC1 was tagged on Sunday. A few hiccups delayed the availability of binaries, but they can now be downloaded from here."
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RE: Niche?
by CapEnt on Sun 1st Feb 2009 00:05 UTC in reply to "Niche?"
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Pros: Small and with minimalist defaults.
Cons: Small and with minimalist defaults.


About the rest:
- it has all the standard unix tools.
- use pkgsrc system instead of "standart ports".
- their userland tools are pretty streamlined (rarely has non-standard functionality that you find on GNU userland tools, but you can install then anyway).
- its one of few OSes that still use XFree86 instead of Xorg by default.
- use csh as his shell (although their install prompt you if you want. Beware! the "sh" listed is not bash).
- doesn't ship with any sort of "wizard style" tools to configure it (i don't really take sysinstall as a wizard).

Well, it's one of these OSes that after installing it, you must make it usable manually, tailoring it to follow your tastes.

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