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What is a technically superior system ?
by on Mon 8th Aug 2005 18:53 UTC

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Just use the best tool for the job ;)

If you have a database server with 8 processors, OpenBSD might not be the best choice. But for a firewall, a router, a small server or a super stable desktop system it is one of the best choices. And its installation is not a pain at all! It is not graphical, of course, but that is a different thing. If you take time to read carefully the small booklet with the CD and the installation notes/README files on the CD (they are on the website, too), installation is quite easy and *without any trouble* (that is, for an average geek). I prefer a trouble-free command-line installer that takes some time to learn than a buggy graphical installer that makes you scratch your head and make you retry multiple times if something fails. If you wonder why it is not graphical, it is in order to have the same installer for all supported architectures (some of them can only be installed over a serial port or through the network). And, contrary to popular belief, OpenBSD *is* the most user-friendly of all the BSDs. It is not the prettiest, for sure, but it is the most stable and it has, by far, the best documentation. Otherwise, it is probably not as performant as DragonFly, Linux, NetBSD or FreeBSD (at least, in micro-benchmarks), but it is not slow anyway, and at least it is stable as a rock ;)

But it is not the best BSD since there is no best BSD ;) DragonFly and NetBSD are very cool too (and FreeBSD will be, when it is stable again, hopefully soon).

To conclude, the best way to know which one is the better is to try it yourself on your hardware, doing whatever you usually do with your computer and see if it suits *your* needs (e.g. if you want to do mixing/recording and a lot of audio stuff like that, I have absolutely no idea which one is the better since I do not do this kind of stuff myself).

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