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 Nathan on Thu 31st Jan 2002 22:40 UTC

i'd like to take some time to clear a few things up that people have mentioned in the above comments.......

1)someone made the comment that said i was to concerned about what was in the default install. the poster was right in that the default install DOESN'T matter in some ways. he's right in saying that alot of stuff is changed after the install to suit your needs. however, I was making a point about the default install in terms of what gets installed if you use the default selections. for example, the major linux distro's tend to want to install quite a bit of software by default. by default Freebsd installed the base freebsd OS. during the install routine you can tell it to install more than that, but the default is different than the default on linux

2)someone else commented that I said unix and not UNIX. yes, I know there is a difference, and that poster was right to point it out. my bad. i'll see that it doesn't get repeated

3) to say that the BSD networking code is antiquated is wrong. just because it has been in existance longer than linux doesn't mean it's not updated just as fast or faster than linux's networking code.

4) i'm not sure where people are getting the "/usr/local" arguments from? people are commenting that /usr/local/ is stricly for the user's use. well what do you thing installing 3rd party apps are? maybe i didn't make it clear i what i meant? when Freebsd is first installed, /usr/local is empty...a poster said the same of debian. /usr/local is filled up when i compile something from the ports tree or install a package or compile from source. and i do know the difference between apps and the OS itself. do you? where is it that i seem to have confused the two?

5)someone also pointed out that i did not give any real reason for switching from linux to BSD. are there any points specifically that you would like to have expanded? i explained the differences between the ports tree & RPM. i explained that Freebsd is not several different distro's like linux, and i explained that Freebsd is geared more towards the server room where as linux is trying for the desktop.

finally, although it might seem like my opinion, i based the article on my experiences from switching from a linux based desktop to a freebsd based desktop. i tried to remain impartial, however i think a *little* opinion makes for a better article than no opnion at all.

also, it's not a migration article, it's more of a comparision. finally, i'm glad that people actually took the time to read it. i enjoyed writing it.

Nathan