Linked by Nathan Mace on Thu 31st Jan 2002 18:45 UTC
FreeBSD By now, anyone who is even remotely related to an IT-type position has heard about Linux, and has most likely used it, if only to see what all the hype is about. However, GNU/Linux is not the only "free" Unix type OS available. FreeBSD and its cousins, NetBSD and OpenBSD are all offshoots of BSD UNIX, a commercial UNIX also known as Berkeley Software Distribution. This article will help you learn more about FreeBSD, its differences from Linux, and it will ease a potential migration process.
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I personnaly avoid anything Linux ...
by Ben on Wed 27th Feb 2002 23:50 UTC

Since 1994-1995, I have setup hundreds of servers for people and it is not suprising that by far the highest support questions and problems are with Linux System V type systems. In System V systems updating packages seems to be the second biggest problem the updates stomp all over other packages already installed. By far the major problems are hackability and reliablity. I have never seen an OS/kernel with so many holes that have gone on for so long other than MicroSoft. Security should be the first concern of anyone then functionality and ease of use.

Linux type systems are great for home users. The X windows and KDE systems make it a nice system. FreeBSD also offers the same X windows, KDE and more. The problem is Xfree86 packages are many are buggy and contain big security risks that many do not know about until it is too late. The FreeBSD group is always looking for hackable packages in there 3rd party collection and the FreeBSD collection. When they find one it's fixed and Security advisories with fixes are sent out to those that have them.

The battle of the OS's is not over. Apple's OSX is now a big contender. It may well take over both Linux and FreeBSD. While I do not and have never owned and Apple system in the past, that has changed. I am in awe. And the most Awing part is when I found BSD under the hood after being convinced of its potential. All the machines in our server room will not be changed overnight or anytime soon. I will say that for the time being FreeBSD will be the OS of choice as it runs both System V Linux apps as well as BSD apps. I am telling you all watch Apple's OSX closely.

No, I did not mention MicroSoft here because any system that needs to be rebooted frequently to fix memory leaks or crashes as much as there's was not well designed from the start.