Linked by Nathan Mace on Tue 19th Mar 2002 17:21 UTC
FreeBSD Most tech savvy geeks can work their way through a FreeBSD install, even if they have no prior UNIX experience. However installing an OS and configuring an OS are two totally different things. This article is targeted towards anyone who might be wondering about FreeBSD, but doesn't know what to do with it after they install it. This isn't then end-all be-all of FreeBSD howto's. Just some of the simple stuff. Update: Some of the readers of OSNews have emailed me concerning corrections that need to be made in this article. Dig in (third page) for more.
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Missing something?
by Anthony on Wed 20th Mar 2002 16:04 UTC

Aren't you missing the part were you have to copy the Generic kernel, edit it again, and then compile it. This is the part that really annoyed me. You can't just keep a copy of your modified kernel and keep recompiling form that one because the kernel may have changed. So you have to copy the Generic, and re-edit everytime you want to update. That was a real pain and time consuming. Again, I never said it was difficult, it definetly is not dificult, just time consuming.

For example, you can't really do an update every night, thats just crazy. What about if you needed to update, 10, 20, 50 servers, again, crazy. You could join the announce mailing list and only do the updates needed for security concerns and then do a make world (to keep you're system updated) once a week. But I found that everytime I needed to do a security update I felt I might as well just do a make world while I'm at it. Again, this is extremely time consuming.

I love FreeBSD, I have a server at home that used to run FreeBSD but now is running Linux. I would switch back in a second if they could come up with a better way to keep the system updated. With my linux box; I'm subscribed to the mailing list, when an announce comes in about a bug or a security risk, I just have to update that one binary package (and possibley its dependencies but that is take care of by the package updater) and I'm done. I don't even need to be on the mailing list, I could just have the package updater run every night to check, if there is something that needs to be updated, and have it email me to let me know. I could also have it update automatically at night without my intervention (though I would not recommend this).

I'm saying all this from personel experience. I've used them both and without a dought FreeBSD is my favorite overall. But I felt I had to switch because of the hassle I was going throught all the time just to keep my system updated. Once more, not dificult, just time consuming.