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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Whatsapp servers are FreeBSD
by testadura on Thu 26th Sep 2013 07:31 UTC
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2006-04-14

Yersterday I read a news item about Whatsapp processing 31 billion messages each day (wft!).
From the comments on this article I understood that their services are written in Erlang and their servers run FreeBSD. Seems FreeBSD made a good case in such a high traffic envrironment.

More info:
http://vimeo.com/44312354
(I provided this link without verifying, since I cannot view this video here. So don't blame me if it is some weird cat movie ;-))

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