Linked by Tony Arcieri on Thu 15th May 2003 00:46 UTC
Internet & Networking When you think of platforms upon which you would deploy a Java Application Server, FreeBSD probably isn't the first one that comes to mind. However, I hope to show in this tutorial how easy it is to deploy Apache Tomcat on a FreeBSD system, complete with a native build of the JDK.
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by bsdrocks on Thu 15th May 2003 03:48 UTC

Eugenia: Tony "Bascule" Arcieri is a known FreeBSD, OSX and Solaris fan around here. :-)

Yeah, I am aware of it. His comments in is one of my favorite to read. ;-) However, myself always prefer FreeBSD over for anything. But, I still will have to choice Linux for Java or whatever, when it's lacking on FreeBSD. Linux is one of my last choice of kernel/gnu (OS).

Bascule: I wrote this article partly because FreeBSD gets such a bad rap in the area of Java support.

That's good point and think, I like that.

Bascule: As for why the server is running FreeBSD, it's simply what I chose as a personal preference.


If you're looking to build a JSP server from scratch and performance is critical, FreeBSD probably isn't going to be your first choice. We have had no performance issues using FreeBSD as a JSP server (on a dual 866MHz Dell w 512MB RAM) but our site is relatively low traffic (approximately 1500 hits/day)

I agree. I don't experience on Java server that much, but how does it compares to run on Linux and FreeBSD to you today? Way back in like FreeBSD 4.3 or 4.4, it was sucks and ran on Linux better. It pissed me off. ;)

Mark: He choose FreeBSD because its a mature,well built,well documented,fast and stable UNIX system. Unlike Linux which is a hacked together clone of UNIX with far too much hype.

No, it's not that simple. Java on FreeBSD aren't full mature, yet. I never recommend anyone to run the Java server on FreeBSD, which I point them to Linux or Solaris. As for small personal or so, it's ok. Java and MySQL are doing better on Linux than FreeBSD does. But, for the other things, FreeBSD blows Linux out of water.

FreeBSD always has been my first choice of OS, but lack of threads and etc do hurt FreeBSD.

As for a best example, Yahoo can't give up the FreeBSD, so they use PHP (and C/C++ too?) instead Java.