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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by Gregory P. Smith on Thu 31st Jan 2002 20:38 UTC

He didn't mention that FreeBSD ports don't know how to deal with hand installed software (just like rpm and deb/apt-get) that has been installed without using a port. The ports system is very nice, but its not much different than using a linux distribution with a real packaging system (Debian and Gentoo come to mind) rather than something rpm based. If a port/package isn't available for something when you install it and becomes available later, you're in the same boat. i highly recommend using GNU stow to manage such installations.

He also seems to think that what comes in the "default" install matters. Nobody serious about their computer will use a default, especially for a server; the minimal option and adding needed software later is best there. FreeBSD only has one distribution and one default; linux has zillions with zillions of defaults.

FreeBSD is a great OS, but take off those rose colored glasses. Claiming that "they prefer tried and tested code over flashy new features" is wrong. They simply do not have nearly as many interested hackers working on random device drivers and new flashy features as linux does. If you want to run FreeBSD, be sure to treat it like any other niche OS: choose your hardware specifically for the OS. Do that and you'll have a great time! (Mmmm.. soft updates!)