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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lucas_maximus
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2009-08-18

Really. I can't even remember the last time I encountered a driver that didn't work.


I don't have them either because I am careful about how I buy my hardware because I might want to run something on there other than Windows. Every laptop I buy is Intel based everything, every desktop-ish bit of kit is intel + nvidia (nvidia have the better drivers and if I don't need 3d VESA will suffice).

It is a lot a hell better than 10 years ago, but there are still times when something is either supported poorly or there are problems with it.

I do however that a lot of the driver problems have been solved by things becoming more commodity because the hardware manufacturer developers are just going to say "just use the standard spec".

Edited 2013-09-26 20:07 UTC

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