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FreeBSD needs some additional features like native Flash. I don't like to execute anything with Linux compatibility layer. It's not the same as on the real thing. Once upon a time I was a dedicated FreeBSD enthusiast, but I had to change my interests because of a requirement to develop some Java-based solutions. I switched myself to Linux because of that - and no... Not to Gentoo, Debian or Ubuntu. I was always using Slackware (I don't see troubles in working with simple .tgz packages with tools which are not providing automatic package dependency resolution, as long as I'm working on my workstation or development server), so my decision was really simple. I'm now using Slackware 12.2 without any problems having Java and NetBeans, Flash, VirtualBox... It's nice and clean set of tools. I prefer to spend some time to select my tools and then I'll use them for a long time. That's why Slackware suits my needs. There is also something I like in *BSD systems in Slackware - simplicity, clean structure, this feeling that you're managing your workspace in 100%. Don't get me wrong, I'm ready to come back to FreeBSD (I would even like to), but my list of required additional features are:
- native Flash
- a good virtualization solution (QEMU is not an option) like VirtualBox (this is my personal choice over VMWare, which I consider to be a kind of bloatware now)
- I know that Java support in FreeBSD looks much better now than a few years ago, but I plan to give up Java right now, so this is not as much important for me, like during the time of my "switch to Slackware" decision.
Without these features I can recommend (at least to myself) FreeBSD to be installed on web or database servers etc. I cannot use such system on my workstation.
The main question is - how we can get these features made for FreeBSD as probably a lot of people used, are using or would like to use FreeBSD as their main operating system on their workstations?
And I would also like to ask about some other things.
1) Please tell me, why I've found OpenBSD very usable and nice (I like this system very much in fact) on my routers? I don't need any Java, Flash, VirtualBox etc. in OpenBSD. It's excellent as it is right now. I even prefer OpenBSD over FreeBSD in this field. Hmm... A kind o stereotype. I can't explain this to myself to be honest ;-) I just see OpenBSD suits better here.
2) Why I cannot fall in love with NetBSD, although I've tried several times. Each time I try I see this is great piece of work. I can even install new version and... I have enough. I remember my disappointment on Sushi - I thought it would be nice tool like old-good Smitty in AIX, but it was not - it was hanging each time I was trying to configure network adapter (it was a few years ago). Then... I skipped Sushi. As far as I know they also decided to skip the development of Sushi. Yet, it has some potential.
3) Should I give a try to NetBSD once again and is the latest 5.0 version as scalable and efficient as they showed in their marketing presentation, showing us comparison to other systems like FreeBSD and Fedora Linux? If yes, it has a lot of chances to be my operating system of choice to host MySQL database.
Thanks in advance for all your answers, suggestions and possible discussion to my - so long - post here.