Linked by Drumhellar on Wed 25th Sep 2013 22:02 UTC
FreeBSD

I've been a big fan of FreeBSD since I first acquired 4.4 on 4 CDs. By that point, I had already spent a lot of time in Linux, but I was always put off by its instability and inconsistency. Once I had FreeBSD installed, it felt like a dream. Everything worked the way it was supposed to, and the consistency of its design meant even older documentation would be mostly applicable without having to figure out how my system was different. There is a reason why in the early days of the Internet, a huge portion of servers ran FreeBSD.

But, that was a while ago. Since then, Linux has matured greatly and has garnered a lot of momentum, becoming the dominant Unix platform. FreeBSD certainly hasn't stood still, however. The FreeBSD team has kept current with hardware support, new features, and a modern, performant design.

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I was FreeBSD fan.
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 25th Sep 2013 23:14 UTC
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There were many nice features, such as the ports collection and the stability was unmatched for a time. It was kind of awesome to have a book that was definitive in the documentation of the system in a way that linux never could match as it changed way too frequently.

I think the lack of a decent threading library and rapid improvement in Linux fueled by corporate funding kind of tilted the momentum in Linux's favor.

That's not to say that FreeBSD is terrible to use today, but it doesn't meet my personal/professional performance requirements on a server or a desktop.

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