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

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 plan on this being the first in a series of all the BSD's. I'm thinking of tackling NetBSD next - I've got it running on emulated Sparc64 hardware (via QEmu), and might be doing some work on real hardware, too. If there's anything anybody wants to see specifically regarding NetBSD, reply to this comment.

Also, by the time I'm near the end of the series, FreeBSD 10 will be out, and with the enhancements coming to KMS, as well as laptop support in general, I'll definitely be talking about the new features entirely on real hardware.

Maybe I'll use FreeBSD 10's new hypervisor, BHyVe, to cover Debian GNU/kFreeBSD.

Edited 2013-09-25 23:55 UTC

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